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gouci
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:00 AM
This thread was started for predictions to the Big West Conference 2009 season.


Big West Players of the Week

4/15/09 - Erynne Oki (UCR)
4/08/09 - Hannah Grady (LBS)
4/01/09 - Erynne Oki (UCR) - (JW CP)
3/25/09 - Suzie Matzenauer (CP)
3/18/09 - Brittany Blalock (CP) & Nina Jaworowski (CSUN)
3/11/09 - Anais Dallara (LSS) - (BB CP)
3/04/09 - Brittany Blalock (CP) - (SH UCI)
2/25/09 - Stephanie Hammel (UCI)
2/18/09 - Hannah Grady (LBS) - (JW UOP)
2/11/09 - Jenifer Widjaja (UOP) - (BB UCI)
2/04/09 - Suzie Matzenauer (CP) - (HG LBS)
1/28/09 - Courtney Byron (UCI)

gouci
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:19 AM
These predictions may not necessarily be the line-ups to start the season but the regular line-ups come start of conference play.

Teams in no particular order.

UC Irvine
1. Brooke Bartlett
2. Stefanie Hammel
3. Claire Fermin
4. Courtney Byron
5. Rebecca Kwan
6. Heidi Kaloi
7. Ali Borowic

Cal State Northridge
1. Evgeniya Vertesheva
2. Victoria Brymer
3. Nigora Sirijddinova
4. Sandra Kulka
5. Nina Jaworowski
6. Brooke Doane
7. Kristy Fournell

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
1. Suzie Matzenauer
2. Brittany Blalock
3. Steffi Wong
4. Whitney Eves
5. Maria Malec
6. Diane Filip
7. Shannon Brady
8. Amy Markoff
9. Jocelyn Davis

UC Santa Barbara
1. Jill Damion (injured)
2. Michelle Murphy
3. Natalia Lozano
4. Tova Hausman
5. Asogi Onaga
6. Sofia Novak
7. Ratchaya Chaichanachaicharn
8. Bryanna Ojeda

UC Davis
1. Randi Schuler
2. Desiree Stone
3. Herzyl Legaspi
4. Emma Shapiro
5. Dahra Zamudio
6. Andrea Phillips (injured?)
7. Sidney Brady
8. Jessica Harris

Pacific
1. Jenifer Widjaja
2. Jolanta Twarowska
3. Svenja Arens
4. Kateryna Nezhura
5. Olga Gumenyuk
6. Clara Schuhmacher
7. Sasha Fisher

UC Riverside
1. Erynne Oki
2. Nadia Sakhakorn
3. Donna McCullough
4. Yasaman Sakhakorn
5. Angelique Corpuz
6. Roxanne Plata

Cal State Fullerton
1. Leslie Bullock
2. Erin Wiesener
3. Cheyenne Inglis
4. Karina Akhmedova
5. Shelly Injejikian
6. Jerusha Cruz
7. Brandy Andrews

Long Beach State
1. Hannah Grady
2. Debbie Armstrong
3. Rachel Manasse
4. Julie Luzar
5. Anais Dallara
6. Lisa Sutton
7. Jessica Weeks

form
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:50 PM
See below.... bet mine are closer than yours for start of season

form
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:32 PM
Try this to start the year

UC Irvine
1. Stefanie Hammel
2. Claire Fermin
3. Brooke Bartlett
4. Rebecca Kwan
5. Courtney Byron
6. Ali Borowicz

Cal State Northridge
1. Evgeniya Vertesheva
2. Nina Jaworowski
3. Brooke Doane
4. Nigora Sirijddinova
5. Whitney Paluch
6. Kristy Fournell

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ... always creative isnt' he
1. Suzie Matzenauer
2. Brittany Blalock
3. Steffi Wong
4. Maria Malec
5. Whitney Eves
6. Diane Filip

UC Santa Barbara
1. Michelle Murphy
2. Tova Hausman
3. Jill Damion (coming off wrist injury)
4. Asogi Onaga
5. Sofia Novak
6. Natalia Lozano

UC Davis ... best guess on this one
1. Randi Schuler
2. Desiree Stone
3. Herzyl Legaspi
4. Emma Shapiro
5. Dahra Zamudio
6. Sidney Brady

Pacific
1. Jenifer Widjaja
2. Jolanta Twarowska
3. Svenja Arens
4. Kateryna Nezhura
5. Olga Gumenyuk
6. Clara Schuhmacher

UC Riverside
1. Erynne Oki
2. Donna McCullough
3. Nadia Sakhakorn
4. Yasaman Sakhakorn
5. Angelique Corpuz
6. Roxanne Plata

Cal State Fullerton
1. Leslie Bullock
2. Erin Wiesener
3. Cheyenne Inglis
4. Karina Akhmedova
5. Shelly Injejikian
6. Jerusha Cruz

Long Beach State
1. Hannah Grady
2. Debbie Armstrong
3. Rachel Manasse
4. Anais Dallara
5. Julie Luzar
6. Lisa Sutton

gouci
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:34 PM
2008 cut-off was #44 @ 15.44 avg., #46 @ 15.07 avg.

4/21/09
break in #? Cal Poly (?)

4/14/09
FIU +3, SS +1, NV -9 = -5
win Cal Poly (+0), #51 LB rises above (?)

4/7/09 = -11 = 48 to 59 = 10.07 avg.
FIU -1, SS -11, NV +3 = -9
loss #44 Pepperdine (?), #52 LB falls below (?)

3/31/09 = +1 = 49 to 48 = 12.40 avg.
SS +4, FIU +7, NV -5 = +6
loss unranked SF (?)

3/24/09 = -2 = 47 to 49 = 14.42 avg.
SS -9, FIU +3 = -6
break in #54 Nevada(?) = ?

3/17/09 = -9 = 38 to 47 = 12.82 avg.
SS +8, FIU +4 = +12
drop out #75 SM(-18?) & #75 CP(-18?), loss #41 SMU(-3?), win Nev(+0) = ?

3/10/09 = -11 = 27 to 38 = 17.01 avg.
SS -7, FIU -8, SM -16, CP -3 = -34
loss #44 LBS(-10?) = ?

3/3/09 = +33 = 60 to 27 = 25.51 avg.
FIU +0, CP -1 = -1
win #59 St. Mary's(?) & #35 Sac. St.(?) = ?

gouci
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:51 PM
I'm wrong already. :haha:

How about we compare these predictions when the Big West Tourney starts.

Form the fun part is for you to counter with your own predictions! :bounce::clap2:
__________

I'll need to know if Brymer and Kulka are playing for CSUN this season before I make the next predictions, regular season conference standings. ;)

form
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:52 PM
I'm wrong already. :haha:

How about we compare these predictions when the Big West Tourney starts.

Form the fun part is for you to counter with your own predictions! :bounce::clap2:



You specifically said these were 'start of the season' predictions


I can tell you three or four that will change... such as Malec making her annual plunge down the line up.

gouci
Jan 21st, 2009, 08:03 PM
I said "These predictions may not necessarily be the line-ups to start the season..."

I thought UCI wouldn't throw freshman Hammel at No. 1 so she doesn't lose confidence. The #1 always takes a beating against a tough schedule. I thought Bartlett has slightly surpassed Fermin.

I see you're coming around to my way of thinking when I thought Matzenaur would play #1 back in September. Remember you thought it was a slight edge to have her at #2.

Is Murphy, who you said couldn't cut it at Michigan St., a bad or good sign playing top 2 for UCSB?

form
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:47 PM
Well, there two foreign additions are # 6 and out of line up.

And their lower line up is sliding up.... and Murphy did drop a match to Luzar over ths summer

so I'd guess it's not a good sign

But who knows

form
Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:45 AM
Gouci.... looks like your two freshmen may be the best players in the league based on the match at USC. :worship:

gouci
Jan 29th, 2009, 07:04 PM
My best guess for the conference regular season standings.

1T. Cal Poly
1T. Long Beach State
1T. UC Irvine

4. Pacific
5. UC Santa Barbara

6. Cal St. Northridge
7. UC Davis

8. UC Riverside
9. Cal St. Fullerton


- I can possibly see a three-way tie with CP, LBS & UCI all going 7-1 in conference.

form
Jan 29th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Well, looks like no love for your Cal Poly prediction so far

Women’s Team Rankings
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
January 29, 2009

Rank School LW (1/6)
1 Northwestern University 1
2 California 2 Best $$$$$ can buy
3 UCLA 3 :rolleyes: really?
4 Baylor University 4
5 Stanford 5
6 Univ. of Georgia 6
7 University of Florida 7
8 Georgia Tech 8
9 Duke University 9
10 Univ. of Southern California 10
11 Clemson University 11
12 Vanderbilt University 12
13 Univ. of Miami (Florida) 13
14 Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville 14
15 Fresno State 15 2nd best $$$$ can buy
16 Univ. of Texas at Austin 16
17 Univ. of Notre Dame 17
18 North Carolina 18
19 University of Michigan 19
20 Florida State University 20
21 Arizona State University 21
22 Univ. of Kentucky 23
23 University of Tennessee 24
24 Louisiana State University 26
25 TCU 25
26 Auburn University 27
27 College of William and Mary 22 :cuckoo:
28 University of Virginia 41
29 Texas A&M University 31
30 Indiana University-Bloomington 30 :bs:
31 University of Denver 28
32 Ohio State University 32
33 University of South Carolina 33
34 Univ. of Tulsa 34 :cuckoo:
35 Virginia Commonwealth University 35
36 University of Illinois 37
37 University of Washington 38 :hatoff:
38 UNLV 39 :shrug:
39 Univ. of Louisville 40
40 Wake Forest University 42
41 Boise State University 45
42 Sacramento State 58 :hatoff:
43 Brigham Young University 47
44 Pepperdine 29 :explode:
45 Marshall University 46
46 Univ. of New Mexico 49 :wazzup:
47 University of Utah 50
48 Long Beach State University 48 :unsure:
49 North Carolina State 36
50 Univ. of Iowa 51
51 University of Colorado 57
52 University of South Florida 43
53 Univ. of Mississippi 52
54 Washington State University 44
55 Western Michigan University 54
56 University of South Alabama 56
57 Florida International University 53
58 University of Oregon 55 :help:
59 Old Dominion University NR
60 Saint Mary's College of California 59
61 Virginia Tech 60
62 Princeton University 61
63 DePaul University 62
64 Univ. of Minnesota 63
65 UC Irvine 64
66 Michigan State University 65
67 Univ. of Pennsylvania 67
68 Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 66
69 Rice University 68
70 Oklahoma State University 69
71 Wichita State University 70
72 Yale University 71
73 SMU 72
74 Mississippi State University NR
75 University of Kansas 73

gouci
Jan 29th, 2009, 09:15 PM
Cal Poly shouldn't get any love YET. Not after scheduling weaklings like Santa Clara for their non-conference. :tape:

form
Jan 29th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Can't argue your BW predictions..... other than flip # 6 and # 7 this year

gouci
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:45 AM
Singles

#13 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. #93 Julia Trunk (SDSU) 7-5, 6-1
#13 Maria Cossou, Cal def. #68 Hannah Grady, LBSU, 6-1 6-1

Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Holly Bagshaw (SDSU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
Mari Andersson, Cal def. Deborah Armstrong, LBSU, 6-2, 6-4

#30 Claire Ilcinkas, Cal def. Anais Dallara, LBSU, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
#30 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Milana Yusupov (SDSU) 6-1, 6-3

#15 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Esther Cadua (SDSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
#15 Bojana Bobusic, Cal def. Rachel Manasse, LBSU, 6-1, 6-3

Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Olivia Colman (SDSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Marion Ravelojaona, Cal def. Julie Luzar, LBSU, 6-1, 6-1

Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Roxanne Ellison (SDSU) 6-2, 7-5
Stephany Chang, Cal def. Lisa Sutton, LBSU, 6-4, 6-2


Doubles

Bagshaw/Trunk (SDSU) def. #7 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) 8-5
#7 Cossou/Ilcinkas, Cal v. Dallara/Grady, LBSU, DNF

R. Ellison/S. Ellison (SDSU) def. Andersson/Ravelojaona (CAL) 9-8(5)
Andersson/Juricova, Cal def. Armstrong/Sutton, LBSU 9-8 (2)

Bobusic/Chang (CAL) def. Cadua/Kitts (SDSU) 9-7
Bobusic/Ravelojaona, Cal def. Manasse/Weeks, LBSU 8-3

form
Feb 8th, 2009, 05:00 PM
Since UCI chose not to try to dry courts yesterday... thus Cal match got rained out... lets add the UCI/SDSU results

Since it's the UCI, Cal Poly and LB match ups that will matter...



Singles

#13 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. #93 Julia Trunk (SDSU) 7-5, 6-1
#13 Maria Cossou, Cal def. #68 Hannah Grady, LBSU, 6-1 6-1
Julia Trunk (SDSU) def. Stephanie Hammel (UCI) 7-5, 6-3


Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Holly Bagshaw (SDSU) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
Mari Andersson, Cal def. Deborah Armstrong, LBSU, 6-2, 6-4
Holly Bagshaw (SDSU) def. Clare Fermin (UCI) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2


#30 Claire Ilcinkas, Cal def. Anais Dallara, LBSU, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
#30 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Milana Yusupov (SDSU) 6-1, 6-3
Brooke Bartlett (UCI) def. Milana Yusupov (SDSU) 6-0, 7-5


#15 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Esther Cadua (SDSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
#15 Bojana Bobusic, Cal def. Rachel Manasse, LBSU, 6-1, 6-3
Courtney Byron (UCI) def. Esther Cadua (SDSU) 6-4, 6-1


Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Olivia Colman (SDSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Marion Ravelojaona, Cal def. Julie Luzar, LBSU, 6-1, 6-1
Olivia Colman (SDSU) def. Rebecca Kwan (UCI) 6-2, 6-3


Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Roxanne Ellison (SDSU) 6-2, 7-5
Stephany Chang, Cal def. Lisa Sutton, LBSU, 6-4, 6-2
Roxanne Ellison (SDSU) def. Heidi Kaloi (UCI) 6-3, 7-5


Doubles

Bagshaw/Trunk (SDSU) def. #7 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) 8-5
#7 Cossou/Ilcinkas, Cal v. Dallara/Grady, LBSU, DNF
Trunk/Bagshaw (SDSU) def. Fermin/Kwan (UCI) 9-8(6)


R. Ellison/S. Ellison (SDSU) def. Andersson/Ravelojaona (CAL) 9-8(5)
Andersson/Juricova, Cal def. Armstrong/Sutton, LBSU 9-8 (2)
Ellison/Ellison (SDSU) def. Kaloi/Hammel (UCI) 8-6
CAL PUT UP A DIFFERENT PAIR

Bobusic/Chang (CAL) def. Cadua/Kitts (SDSU) 9-7
Bobusic/Ravelojaona, Cal def. Manasse/Weeks, LBSU 8-3
Ali Borowicz/Byron (UCI) def. Cadua/Yuspov (SDSU) 8-6
CAL PUT UP A DIFFERENT PAIR

gouci
Feb 9th, 2009, 01:18 AM
Since UCI chose not to try to dry courts yesterday... thus Cal match got rained out... lets add the UCI/SDSU results
- Form adding the UCI results has nothing to do with getting a good read on the upcoming LBS @ SDSU match. :lol:


- I thought Hannah Grady should have received Player of the Week this week. Next week I think UCI's Brooke Bartlett should get the Player of the Week honors for beating FIU's real #1.


- When UCI vs Cal was canceled with no make-up date scheduled I thought maybe UCI removed a loss from its schedule. But looks like the UCSB SID added it back on. Take a look at what the top notch UCSB SID had on the front page of their women's tennis page. Quick see here (http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/ucsb-w-tennis-body.html). :haha:
UCSB Opens Big West play, Tops UC Irvine 5-2

The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team opened Big West play Saturday afternoon and recorded a 5-2 victory over UC Irvine. The Gauchos continue Big West action tomorrow as they travel to Pacific to play an 11:00 a.m. match. FULL STORY

form
Feb 9th, 2009, 01:42 AM
Not to worry... UOP beat UCSB 5-2 today

Looks like an Eater v Mustang season... maybe LB can hold on for 3rd with UOP and UCSB...

gouci
Feb 14th, 2009, 05:56 PM
I love this year's SoCal road trip 1-2 punch trap strategy in scheduling.

It would be tough for any team ranked outside the top 40 to play Long Beach St. and UC Irvine back to back days and come away sweeping both teams.

Florida International
def. #42 LBS 4-3 on Sat. 2/7
lost #65 UCI 2-5 on Sun. 2/8

Still to come:

#61 St. Mary's
at #45 LBS Sat. 2/28
at #65 UCI Sun. 3/1

Nevada
at #45 LBS Fri. 3/13
at #65 UCI Sat. 3/14

#39 Denver
at #45 LBS Sat. 3/21
at #65 UCI Sun. 3/22

Now this 1-2 punch works better if the higher ranked team throws the 1st punch. That 1st team should drag it out to a 4+ hour match for the strategy to work best. :lol:

Otherwise it won't be as effective like with UCSB & Cal Poly's 1-2 punch.

San Francisco
at NR UCSB Sun. 3/8
at Cal Poly Mon. 3/9

#61 St. Mary
vs NR UCSB Tues. 4/7
vs #70 Cal Poly Wed. 4/8

They got it right here.

#65 UC Irvine
at #70 Cal Poly Sat. 2/21
at NR UCSB Sun. 2/22

Dartmouth
at #70 Cal Poly Fri. 3/20
at NR UCSB Sun. 3/22

gouci
Feb 26th, 2009, 03:49 AM
Hey Form what criteria do they use to determine the Big West Player of the Year?

If they use conference head-to-head records than POY right now is a 3 woman race between Jenifer Widjaja, Hannah Grady and Stephanie Hammel. The only #1s still undefeated in conference play.

I wonder if Hammel locked up Freshman of the Year with that win over Suzie Matzenauer?

form
Feb 26th, 2009, 05:52 AM
Coaches vote. Is Widjaja eligible? I thought she was an $87,000 professional who is 2 years in violation of the 20 year old rule?

gouci
Feb 27th, 2009, 05:45 PM
Hey Form I just saw UCLA adding CSF to their schedule, taking a road trip to Fullerton no less. :eek:
Any idea why UCLA would do this?

Speaking of Fullerton they just defeated Siena 6-1. That must make Siena one of the worst Division 1 teams by default. And Siena even has a win over Hartford, another D1 team, 7-0. :eek:

form
Feb 27th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Who did Siena bagel? New winner of worst D1 team ever. :wavey:

UCLA to CSF

First, why does UCLA have an unused match date unless someone else cancelled (economy). I don't recall them having a match rained out.

OK, real reason and WHY UCLA is going to CS Fullerton.

- Nina Pantic has a ## number of matches she must sit out as a penalty for some NCAA pre-college eligibility violation.

UCLA is trying to hustle as many matches in... automatic wins and willing to travel to CSF who has no budget.... just get Pantic eligible as soon as possible.

I would guess you will also see UCLA 'clear the bench' with a line up like:
1. Joelson (she has match dates avaiable due to injuries)
2. AV Lind
3. Seguso
4. Wetmore
5. Dockendorf
6. Barto

They win easy and get another match date so they can get Pantic eligible by the time the start Pac 10 play.

gouci
Feb 27th, 2009, 07:15 PM
UCI's match at UCLA was rained out and was to be made up at a later date.

So what does CS Fullerton get out of all this, a payout?

form
Feb 27th, 2009, 07:37 PM
Because UCLA needs this match asap to get Pantic eligible, I am guessing they replaced UCI with CSF.... UCI couldn't find a fast enough make up date.

Payout.. in college tennis... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

It's the privelege of getting creamed.... that's what CSF gets... plus UCLA probably paying for the officials since they are in need of the match asap.

gouci
Feb 28th, 2009, 04:28 PM
Some predictions

1. Florida International will upset #32 Tulsa. With wims over #42 Long Beach St. & #32 Tulsa, FIU's ranking may climb into the 30's.

2. Will Widjaja suffer her 1st loss against Fresno State's Melanie Gloria? Either way Widjaja should crack the top 75 singles next week.

3. #69 SMU will have a big ranking jump next week after defeating #17 Arkansas.

gouci
Mar 2nd, 2009, 02:31 PM
Hey Form the privilege of playing UCLA may have already paid off for Cal State Fullerton. They just got a verbal from Tiffany Mai.

By going to Fullerton instead of the Army, I guess Mai doesn't want to be all she can be. :lol:

form
Mar 2nd, 2009, 06:53 PM
Great line... LMAO :worship: Now I can't stop humming that dang song... :rolleyes:

I got a good one just for you Gouci:

That recruit's mom was at LB match Friday pitching daughter to everyone (coaches, players, many fans). She dropped this line: "Tiff beat Brooke Bartlett all the time in the juniors. She is good enough to be Irvine's # 2". :lol:

Don't worry. That one didn't float... :sad:

nor was any offer given so the CSF verbal during the UCLA whoopin one day later fits. :eek:

gouci
Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:00 AM
Tiff WAS a 5 star caliber player in the juniors as a high school freshman. She is a very good doubles player and can even play for UCI as a doubles specialist.

She's not a bad player. The mom was just pitching to the wrong tier schools. Mai could make the line-up at UCR, UCD, LMU, Santa Clara etc. So didn't need to panic and accept the 1st offer specially from a last place team.

Did mom clarify if Mai was a senior or junior in high school this year? Seemed to be pitching kinda late for a senior.

form
Mar 3rd, 2009, 02:51 PM
Agree with your entire statement. Shocking. :-)

But remember that many So Cal tennis juniors have attitude about that 'lower tier' ...

Senior.

gouci
Mar 3rd, 2009, 05:53 PM
About five years ago in a big junior tournament I recall seeing a banner with a picture of a player Tiffany something on it. This banner had a few of the top ranked juniors in each age division. I'm pretty sure it was Tiffany Mai because she was a blue chip caliber player in the Girls 12s.

Just for fun I looked up some of the girls she defeated in the 12s.
Arianna Colffer
Jordan Saanford
Cierra Gaytan-Leach
Catherine Isip

:eek:

form
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:05 PM
I would strongly recommend that UCI recruit girls 6 years in advance. :lol:

Heck, 6 years ago I was still playing hockey, had a little bit of hair left and was 40 lbs. lighter.

Here is a great one for you just for chuckles; I know you were just making a point about the past and this young lady has some game but not at the Top 150 college level.

But this is a true story and funny since you brought up how successful this recruit was as a 12 year old.

TRUE STORY

A girl is a national level swimmer from age 5-12. Only begins playing tennis tournaments at age 13 when burned out on swimming.

But 5 years later... same girl has dedicated herself to getting better as well as growing stronger and bigger naturally. From non player at age 12 to offers from Pac 10 and Big 10 schools at age 17. Ultimately goes to Pac 10 school and reaches #35 in singles and #9 in doubles.

TRUE STORY. Care to guess who? :confused:

Maybe the USTA should read this and realize rushing kids up is not helping either. And sadly why so many US kids/parents resent not getting their 'deserved' scholarships that they had 'expected' years before.

gouci
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:12 PM
The Long Beach St. coach.

form
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:16 PM
Ok, that was an easy one.

You win a can of used tennis balls.

My guess is the toughest part of recruiting anymore for all coaches is determing which kids still want to achieve more vs. which ones that only want to achieve a scholarship and no longer have the drive to improve?

With just 8 kids, one or two mistakes can cripple a program for years.

UCI looks to have a bunch of highly motivated girls this year, led by Hammell and Bartlett. Well done to your coach.

gouci
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:29 PM
....which ones that only want to achieve a scholarship and no longer have the drive to improve?
This seems to be the case in the Ivy Leagues in IMHO. One reason why they always seem to underachieve in both men's & women's tennis with all the talent they acquire.

Did you know Hammel was her HS valedictorian? Takes drive to achieve that honor.

form
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:46 PM
Yep....

Grady is a 3.95 GPA... Bengson had one B through college with all other A's.

It can be done.

gouci
Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:19 PM
#34 SDSU. Jumped 34 spots up to become the biggest mover up. This will help Long Beach St.

#27 UCI. Jumped 33 spots up to become 2nd biggest mover up. UCI needs to point to this ranking and recruit, recruit, recruit! :lol:
Maybe they can pick-up a verbal this week before this ranking goes back down. :lol:

#42 Sac. St. If possible I think Sac. St. may even move up next week. The only team they lost to below them is now San Diego at #47. They beat Pepperdine that jumped 17 spots to #40 and Washington jumped 15 spots to #23.

Thank goodness St. Mary's and Cal Poly are tied for #75 and haven't fallen out of the rankings completely. Did they change the range, now the ranking committee can adjust Nos. 50-75?

gouci
Mar 10th, 2009, 05:16 AM
1. UC Irvine

#7 Cal
#10 USC
#11 UCLA
#34 SDSU
#40 Pepperdine
#42 Sac. St.
#43 Denver
#45 SMU
#56 FIU
#75 St. Mary's

Nevada - ranked last season
Louisiana Lafayette - ranked last season
LMU - ranked last season
Hawaii
San Francisco

2. Long Beach St.

#7 Cal
#10 USC
#22 Fresno St.
#34 SDSU
#40 Pepperdine
#43 Denver
#56 FIU
#75 St. Mary's
N.C. St. - high #36 this season
Louisville - high #39 this season

Nevada - ranked last season
Cornell - ranked last season
Dartmouth - ranked last season
LMU - ranked last season

3. Pacific

#22 Fresno St.
#25 Boise St.
#32 Tulsa
#42 Sac. St.
#73 Oklahoma St.
#75 St. Mary's
UNLV - high #39 this season

Nevada - ranked last season
New Mexico St.
San Francisco
Fresno Pacific
Santa Clara

Oral Roberts
Weber State

4. Cal Poly

#10 USC
#13 Stanford
#23 Washington
#40 Pepperdine
#46 Oregon
#75 St. Mary's

Dartmouth - ranked last season
LMU - ranked last season
Hawaii
San Francisco

Santa Clara
Memphis

- Cal Poly needs trim the 2 cupcakes from its schedule. :explode:
- Playing Conference USA is a good idea but try to get #32 Tulsa or #49 Marshall.
- Cal Poly needs to add 2-3 more teams ranked in the 50-75 range and do it at the start of the season! :help:

5. CS Northridge

#11 UCLA
#16 Arizona St.
#40 Pepperdine
Arizona - high #75 this season

UAB - ranked last season
Louisiana Lafayette - ranked last season
Dartmouth - ranked last season
LMU - ranked last season
Harvard
Hawaii
San Francisco

Columbia
Southern Mississippi
Memphis

6. UC Santa Barbara

#59 Texas Tech
#75 St. Mary's
Washington St. - high #44 this season

Dartmouth - ranked last year
LMU - ranked last year
UAB - ranked last year
Hawaii
San Francisco
Harvard
Fresno Pacific
Santa Clara
Eastern Washington

San Jose St.
CS Bakersfield

- UCSB also needs to lay off the 2 cupcakes and play ranked teams.

7. UC Davis

#13 Stanford
#16 Arizona St.
#42 Sac. St.
Arizona - high #75 this season

San Francisco
Santa Clara
Montana
Montana St.

Portland St.
Portland
San Jose St.
UC San Diego
UC Santa Cruz
Sonoma St.

form
Mar 10th, 2009, 06:23 AM
- Schedules are done 18 months in advance.... LB has their 2010 schedule printed in their media guide. It's apparently been done since September.

- Sometimes a coach may adjust a future schedule not knowing what there team may look like due to graduation of a top player or two.

- There are only so many matches you can get people to play you. I agree with your Cal Poly premise but they are also 3 1/2 hours from LA and the Bay Area. It can be difficult to get teams to travel that far for just one match.

- Sadly LB's schedule has softened again. NC State out, Louisville, Dartmouth, Cornell and Nevada all out... most were all ranked when that schedule was put together in fall 2007. And one was a late add when someone else cancelled their spring trip.

- BUDGETS: Given the economy and the huge cuts coming to California public unis (cuts and fee increases)... don't be surprised to see things become even weaker due to a lack of travel budgets. Travel is about the only discretionary area in a budget.

- OVER THE TOP: Aside from giving your top players a 'Blalock' chance to win a ranked opponent, any more than two of those Top 15 matches doesn't do much for you. A loss is a loss... ok, it's not as bad as an unranked loss but you still get ZERO points from it. Pacific actually has a good 'team' schedule... though they aren't giving their $87,000 professional many ranked matches at # 1.

gouci
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Countdown: Lee Signs with the Mustangs
by James Hill, 20 March 2009

Alexa Lee, a 5-Star recruit from Bermuda Dunes, Calif., knows exactly where she will attend school starting in August.

Alexa, who turns 18 on March 12, has signed an early letter of intent with the California Polytechnic State University - commonly known as Cal Poly - located in San Luis Obispo.

"I decided to go to a school which offers the education I wanted," said Alexa, who will graduate from La Quinta High School this spring. "Right now, I plan to major in history. I also really love the downtown part of San Luis Obispo."

Naturally, Alexa is also excited about the Mustang tennis program and her future coach, Hugh Bream.

"I really like how Coach Bream organizes his workouts. Everyone pushes everyone to improve and work better as a team. Hopefully, my hard work and dedication will bring everyone together and contribute to the team effort."

Alexa is ranked No. 98 on the national list by TennisRecruiting.net, and is 20th in the Southwest and California. She held a national ranking as high as No. 76.

The 5-foot-7 left-hander also had scholarship offers to two other California schools, UC Irvine and St. Mary's.

But Cal Poly, one of most respected schools in the nation, seems to be a perfect fit for Alexa. A strong student, Alexa has earned Honor Roll distinction the past two years at La Quinta.

On the tennis courts and in school, Coach Bream believes Alexa will be a valuable member of the Mustangs.

"We are excited to have Alexa joining us at Cal Poly," said Bream, in his ninth season as head coach of the Mustangs. "She is a player with some special talents beyond her five star rating, in my opinion. Alexa is very athletic, has a strong left-handed serve and is an exceptionally clean ball striker.

"I believe she will really blossom when she begins training hard daily with the other top DI athletes on our team. Most importantly Alexa is a great person who we believe will add to the strong team atmosphere we have at Cal Poly."

Bream also cited the success of Mustang junior Brittany Blalock from Palm Desert, the area of California's Coachella Valley, where Alexa resides. Brittany was recently selected as the Big West Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Alexa comes from an athletic and tennis-playing family. Her two older brothers, Hunter and Tyler, both age 21, who play tennis for the University of California, Davis. Her mother, Evie Lamat Lee, played volleyball at Texas State.

Both Alexa and Brittany share the same personal coach, Andy Scorteanu, who is the head tennis pro at the Indian Ridge Country Club. Scorteanu has worked twice weekly with Alexa for the past year.

"I think she loves to work hard," Scorteanu said of Alexa. "She brings a lot of energy to the table. Alexa definitely has the potential to be an all-court player. Once she gets there and works hard, she will be a force to be reckoned with."

Alexa brings some good credentials to Cal Poly, from her junior tennis activities.

She was a semifinalist at the Roxy Girls 18s at Newport Beach, Calif., and she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Interscholastic Championships West.

She reached the round of 16 at the prestigious Copper Bowl tournament and the third round of the USTA Girls National Championships.

As a member of the La Quinta High School Blackhawks team, Alexa was the All-Desert Valley League singles champion in 2006 and 2007, and won the doubles crown in 2005 and 2008. She was also a doubles quarterfinalist at the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championships in 2005.

Alexa was named The Desert Sun Tennis Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

Summing up her style of play, which she will take to Cal Poly, Alexa said, "I play a very aggressive style of tennis. I've also been a lot more consistent over the past few years."

gouci
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Nice to see Big West recruits getting some publicity!

What was not mentioned was that higher ranked Kristina Smith committed to UCI 1st. So that UCI offer may have been off the table when Alexa Lee committed to Cal Poly.

form
Mar 21st, 2009, 03:38 AM
UCI still has two more spots... that offer was ON the table.

gouci
Mar 24th, 2009, 10:15 PM
I took a close look at the records of the teams in the 25-60 range and these are the bubble teams I came up with. Rest of top 45 teams not mentioned have probably already secured their at-large bid.

Fighting for the last 10-11 at-large spots (best wins in parenthesis)

Strong bubble - not listed in order of likelyhood

31. Auburn - (#21 LSU, #35 Mississippi, #46 William & Mary, #74 Marshall)
35. Mississippi - (#17 Alabama, #44 Utah, #51 San Diego, #63 Iowa)
37. Indiana - (#34 Wake Forest, #48 Princeton, #69 Marquette, #72 Western Michigan)
39. Sacramento St. - (#36 Washington, #56 Pepperdine, #59 Nevada)
42. Florida International - (#35 Mississippi, #40 South Carolina, #47 Long Beach St.)
44. Utah - (#38 Boise St., #59 Nevada, #68 Texas Tech)
46. William & Mary - (#27 Texas, #51 San Diego, #74 Marshall)
48. Princeton - (#46 William & Mary, #52 VCU, #63 Iowa)
49. UC Irvine - (#39 Sac. St., #42 Florida International, #59 Nevada)
56. Pepperdine - (#46 William & Mary, #57 Oregon, #71 UNLV)


Weak bubble - not in order

28. DePaul - (#37 Indiana, #63 Iowa, #64 Minnesota, #72 Western Michigan)
33. Illinois - (#37 Indiana, #69 Marquette, #71 UNLV, #75 Boston College)
38. Boise St. - (#53 BYU, #59 Nevada, #71 UNLV)
45. Yale - (#48 Princeton, #72 Western Michigan, #75 Boston College)
47. Long Beach St. - (#29 SDSU, #49 UCI)

form
Mar 24th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Dude, you are in complete denial over your school.

Do you understand how they evaluate? What the five catagories are and how they use them. Start with this... nobody outside the Top 40 gets bumped... so you can drop that right away. Then you have some auto bids mixed into your 'bubble'... William & Mary, Sac State and Pepp (though # 56) are going as nobody else in there league is close to them.

OK, look at 41-44 as nervous
45, 46 and 56 are IN... Automatic bids (if 45 Yale loses to Princeton, then Princeton in and Yale out)
Look at 47-50 as hopeful that they might jump 44... but they are too far back points wise... at least as of today

Ranked wins versus in counts ... but Nevada ain't going
Head to head counts if breaking a close decision
Ranking points count... if more than 1 pt apart... so UCI could only gain ground up to 45... and that won't get you in.

Wins over 51-75 are helpful for ranking but don't then add more when trying to jump a 'bubble' team. Example: Pepp's wins over Oregon and UNLV give them their ranking but do not further add over someone ranked in front of them Those wins were used to gain the ranking but add no more. Where it could help is a 47 LB over 29 SDSU or 49 UCI over 39 Sac St. Those would be compared with Utah or Texas A&M. Utah could have some exposure there?

Reality:

Short of beating Pepp and then LB at Big West Tourny, UCI most likley can't gain enough ground to get automatic. And if you beat LB then you are the automatic anyway. LB has exact same path. Thus we are both 'weak bubble' as of right now. The Pepp matches could change things.

And if Pepp loses to either LB, UCI or both, that would slide Pepp further back so I'm not sure a Pepp win would be very valuable in the end either if Pepp were to lose again? But Pepp still gets in because they will beat St Marys in conference tourney.

Sort of a self fulling situation.... win and you could get at large but you won't need it. Don't win Big West and you are going to come up just short.





Accept it.

gouci
Apr 21st, 2009, 05:01 PM
- No teams ranked in doubles.


Singles Rankings

86. Brittany Blalock - Cal Poly
92. Hannah Grady - Long Beach St.
96. Jenifer Widjaja - Pacific

- Widjaja somehow drops without losing. I'm glad I'm not a Pacific fan cuz they can somehow find a way to disappoint. :lol:

gouci
Apr 22nd, 2009, 04:55 AM
FIRST TEAM - SINGLES
Name Yr. School
Brittany Blalock Jr. Cal Poly
Hannah Grady Sr. Long Beach State
Stephanie Hammel Fr. UC Irvine
Suzie Matzenauer Jr. Cal Poly
Erynne Oki Sr. UC Riverside
Evgeniya Vertesheva Fr. Cal State Northridge
Jenifer Widjaja So. Pacific

SECOND TEAM - SINGLES
Name Yr. School
Deborah Armstrong So. Long Beach State
Courtney Byron Fr. UC Irvine
Jill Damion So. UC Santa Barbara
Nina Jaworowski So. Cal State Northridge
Rachel Manasse Fr. Long Beach State
Michelle Murphy Jr. UC Santa Barbara
Dahra Zamudio Fr. UC Davis

HONORABLE MENTION - SINGLES
Name Yr. School
Brooke Bartlett So. UC Irvine
Anais Dallara Fr. Long Beach State
Sofia Novak Fr. UC Santa Barbara
Jolanta Twarowska Sr. Pacific

FIRST TEAM - DOUBLES
Name School
Brittany Blalock/Steffi Wong Cal Poly
Suzie Matzenauer/Amy Markhoff Cal Poly
Evgeniya Vertesheva/Brooke Doane Cal State Northridge
Hannah Grady/Jessica Weeks Long Beach State
Stephanie Hammel/Heidi Kaloi UC Irvine

SECOND TEAM - DOUBLES
Name School
Deborah Armstrong/Lisa Sutton Long Beach State
Michelle Murphy/Sofia Novak UC Santa Barbara
Jenifer Widjaja/Olga Gumenyuk Pacific

HONORABLE MENTION - DOUBLES
Name School
Courtney Byron/Miranda Young UC Irvine
Erynne Oki/Roxanne Plata UC Riverside
Jill Damion/Natalia Lozano UC Santa Barbara

2009 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hannah Grady, Long Beach State

2009 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Jenny Hilt-Costello, Long Beach State

2009 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Stephanie Hammel, UC Irvine

gouci
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Form do you know when they will release the final singles and doubles rankings? :bounce:

gouci
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:30 PM
Where does Long Beach St end up?

My best guess is #50 Long Beach St. plays #23 SMU in the NCAA 1st round at the Fresno St. regional.

If that's the case I'll be rooting for LBS from afar. I'm not going to drive 10 hours round trip and spend $60 on gas just to watch a loss. :lol:

But good luck LBS in the 1st round!
Go Big West!

form
Apr 28th, 2009, 09:48 PM
Keep in mind the two rules in the handbook
- Attempt to seed tournament pure 1-16, the 16 plays 17 and snakes from there.
- But factor in 400 mile travel rule... if team can play within 400 miles you do it. If multiple teams can, then seed pure draw as best as possible.

Thus

16. Fresno 17. Michigan Last 3 seed - Sac State
13. Stanford 20. UNC Late 3 seed - LB State
9. Cal 25. LSU Mid 3 - Pepperdine



Also, keep in mind ASU, UNLV and SD State can all be properly seeded within 400 miles if sent to Los Angeles area. Thus LB and Pepp are likely to travel and still remain with 400 miles also.

Under a 'pure seed'
The weakest # 1 - Fresno
Should face the best # 2 - Michigan (and they are travelling)
And they get the weakest # 3 - Sac State

If that varies, than they violated their own 400 mile but equal seeding rules.

Pepp is 388 from Berkeley
LB is 380 from Stanford

gouci
Apr 29th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Singles rankings

92. Jenifer Widjaja - Pacific = Big West NCAA singles auto bid
95. Brittany Blalock - Cal Poly
110. Hannah Grady - Long Beach St.

Form you called this one. You have strong will power. Form you just thought about the possibility of Widjaja going to the NCAAs and it came true. :worship:
The possibility didn't even cross my mind. Widjaja needs to thank your wishful thinking. :kiss: :lol:


Doubles rankings

90. Murphy / Novak - UCSB = Big West NCAA doubles auto bid

It was humiliating enough UCSB defeated Cal Poly in the 1st round of the Big West Tourney 2 years in a row, but now the gauchos take away Cal Poly's NCAA doubles bid. Matzenauer and Markhoff just needed to avoid a loss in the BWT to secure the doubles bid. But 2nd teamers Murphy and Novak literally stole the bid away from the Cal Poly 1st teamers. :lol:

form
Apr 29th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Whoa there.... you have it wrong. Highest rank does not get you the automatic. They compare out lots of things. But Widjaja will win out because
- Head to head goes Grady
- Common Opponents... only one different... Widjaja beat Bailly of Nevada; Grady lost
- Wins vs Top 60... essentially a tie
- Ranking points... Grady has 4 unranked losses (3 from Sept) and Widjaja just 1. That is the difference in their rankings.

Widjaja is in. Widjaja is also nip and tuck with Blalock but should get in off the head to head there.

DOUBLES.... you need to read the rules. Only TOP 60 get automatic. The UCSB pair is not going.... the rules clearly call for teams ranked in Top 60 to get conference automatic only. So don't be so quick. # 90 UCSB is not eligible.

gouci
Apr 29th, 2009, 07:51 PM
I know the highest rank doesn't automatically get you the bid but it's a good rule of thumb.

You're right about doubles. Last year the doubles rankings only went to 60 so anyone with a doubles ranking had a chance at the automatic bid. I guess this year they expanded the doubles rankings to 90 but kept the automatic bid eligibility at 60. Nice way for the ITA to make something that was simple to understand last year a little more confusing.

form
Apr 30th, 2009, 04:21 AM
CAL POLY WT COACH IS A PIECE 'O WORK

First he gives quotes after his 'vaunted' team that was going to win BW title DUMPS in first round to UCSB ... passing off their first round exit on how UCSB got the '6' seed in the tie-breaker and really shouldn't have been playing his team.... ARE YOU KIDDING ME; THAT'S YOUR STORY AND YOU'RE STICKING TO IT? :baby::haha: :weirdo:

http://www.gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=30011&article_id=69131

Then today, his player fails to make NCAA's as Widjaja is picked. He gives quotes about how it was nip and tuck between those two girls all year.... without any mention of the 4 time Pl of Yr Grady from LB who was also left out today as all three were 'on the table'... But Grady finishes a perfect 7-0 lifetime against CAL POLY and who your star never beat ... in fact, the CP coach hid her from that match up this year. And he chooses to purposely ignore the only athlete in any sport in Big West to be a 4 time Player of Yeart (including Misty May in wvb). Yet you demean by ignoring in attempt to inflate your player and program's actual status. :rolleyes:

http://www.gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=30011&article_id=69901

While I still strongly believe the $78K professional with 300 tour matches should not eligible nor pumped for making the 'lowly' NCAA's. (since she played the Wimbledon pro draw just 21 months ago.. nice career progress) :fiery:... I will say that using the criteria she was correctly awarded. :clap2: It came down to one opponent that put Widjaja in over Grady... Bailly of Nevada. Had Grady not lost that match, she'd be in instead. But she did lose and that's where the criteria decided. :banghead:

Maybe, just maybe, the CP coach should have had your star playing # 1 all year rather than just the last 3 weeks of the season? :confused: :shrug:

LATE ADD: What is most ironic is CP was very much THE most talented top to bottom team in the BW this year. I know Gouci had them at the top to start and a couple coaches did too. Returns their #1 jr Blalock, an NCAA doubles team (who then stunk all year) and 4 pretty good seniors PLUS adding a junior transfer from Northwestern.

Result: THUD :timebomb:

but great gamesmanship quotes in press releases (we need a chalkboard smiley) and on the weekly Big West video interview. Guess you gotta be good at something. :hatoff:

johnnytennis
Apr 30th, 2009, 05:32 AM
CAL POLY WT COACH IS A PIECE 'O WORK

First he gives quotes after his 'vaunted' team that was going to win BW title DUMPS in first round to UCSB ... passing off their first round exit on how UCSB got the '6' seed in the tie-breaker and really shouldn't have been playing his team.... ARE YOU KIDDING ME; THAT'S YOUR STORY AND YOU'RE STICKING TO IT? :baby::haha: :weirdo:

http://www.gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=30011&article_id=69131

Then today, his player fails to make NCAA's as Widjaja is picked. He gives quotes about how it was nip and tuck between those two girls all year.... without any mention of the 4 time Pl of Yr Grady from LB who was also left out today as all three were 'on the table'... But Grady finishes a perfect 7-0 lifetime against CAL POLY and who your star never beat ... in fact, the CP coach hid her from that match up this year. And he chooses to purposely ignore the only athlete in any sport in Big West to be a 4 time Player of Yeart (including Misty May in wvb). Yet you demean by ignoring in attempt to inflate your player and program's actual status. :rolleyes:

http://www.gopoly.com/index.php?p=sports&tab=news&id=30011&article_id=69901

While I still strongly believe the $78K professional with 300 tour matches should not eligible nor pumped for making the 'lowly' NCAA's. (since she played the Wimbledon pro draw just 21 months ago.. nice career progress) :fiery:... I will say that using the criteria she was correctly awarded. :clap2: It came down to one opponent that put Widjaja in over Grady... Bailly of Nevada. Had Grady not lost that match, she'd be in instead. But she did lose and that's where the criteria decided. :banghead:

Maybe, just maybe, the CP coach should have had your star playing # 1 all year rather than just the last 3 weeks of the season? :confused: :shrug:

LATE ADD: What is most ironic is CP was very much THE most talented top to bottom team in the BW this year. I know Gouci had them at the top to start and a couple coaches did too. Returns their #1 jr Blalock, an NCAA doubles team (who then stunk all year) and 4 pretty good seniors PLUS adding a junior transfer from Northwestern.

Result: THUD :timebomb:

but great gamesmanship quotes in press releases (we need a chalkborad smiley) and on the weekly Big West video interview. Guess you gotta be good at something. :hatoff:

Great points! I could not have said it better!

form
May 1st, 2009, 05:22 PM
Gouci... you can cheer up like the golfers on the PGA ad before they realize Tiger is back. :rolleyes:

She's done :wavey:...

but a nice exit article on front page of Press Telegram this week... had two really nice pictures (better than this one on the web):

http://www.presstelegram.com/columnists/ci_12250782

Thought I'd share for the non LB locals

form
May 1st, 2009, 05:25 PM
Last last add on the CP coach and Blalock stuff...

Gouci, you know who else got cheated this year... your frosh Steph Hammell!!! The CP coach didn't have Blalock play her either... Blalock played # 2 that day also.

Maybe he should be nicknamed 'Bobby Fisher'.

gouci
May 1st, 2009, 07:46 PM
Form I'll be addressing some of your posts in detail later. But I'm not in a hurry, I have all summer to respond. What else will there be to post about. :lol:

gouci
May 9th, 2009, 07:30 AM
Form I noticed the logo on the ITA page for Long Beach St. was the "LB" logo as opposed to "The Beach" logo like the one on top of your new scoreboard. Just an observation not making anything out of it.

ITA Team Championship Central (http://www.itatennis.com/Events/DivisionINCAAChampionships/Women_s_NCAA_Team_Championship_Central.htm)


Hey Form who is Sarah Strohl, listed as Long Beach St.'s number 8 player on the NCAA official team line-up? :lol:

gouci
May 10th, 2009, 05:48 AM
Form CHEER UP!

I know today was a tough day for Long Beach St. athletics.
Women's tennis gets destroyed by LSU in the 1st round of the NCAAs!
Women's golf had a disappointing NCAA Regional with UCI kicking their butts by 35 strokes. :haha:
Since you're hiding away from this board today :lol: I wanted to say don't take it too hard and cheer up! :hug:


As for me I'm in sports heaven. :banana:

1. #1 nationally ranked UCI baseball beats Pacific in the 9th.

2. The Angels defeated Zack Greinke!

3. UCI women's golf advanced to the NCAA Finals. :worship:

:dance: . . . . :bigclap:


4. UCI men's volleyball wins the NCAA title!

:drool: . . . . :drool: . . . . :drool: . . . . :bounce: . . . . :bounce: . . . . :bounce:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:



I would have traded 10 Big West titles for 1 national championship!

UCI will be visiting the White House and President Obama!

It will be the 2nd President UCI visits in the last 3 years. :lol:

Zot! Zot! Zot!

form
May 10th, 2009, 07:26 PM
How's the tennis trophy case? Did you buy the bigger one yet? Your men's team brought a trophy home too, right?

But I bet your coach's have some pretty low golf handicaps by now?

gouci
May 11th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Form I can tell you don't have a valid comeback when you change the subject. :lol:

But winning a national title acts like a great deodorant. It covers up some of the stink in other sports. :lol:


In the middle of the #3 doubles tie-breaker there was a stoppage of play. What was that about? :confused: The live video doesn't have any sound.

Did you make the trip to Stanford? What did you think of their tennis facilities?

Hopefully next year I'll have a reason to make the trip to Stanford, site of the men's volleyball 2010 Final Four. :cool:

RobertCB
May 11th, 2009, 01:40 AM
Come on Gouci, you were the one to change the subject to men's volleyball on a tennis forum :lol:. I think form's response of an empty tennis trophy case is spot on considering the neighborhood. ;).

I have a question regarding the competitiveness of the top BW teams compared to teams ranked 15 - 30 nationally, and since I am only really familiar with LBSU's players, I will use them as an example.

Next year LB returns their entire team minus Weeks and Grady, the most successful player in the program's history. The program also has some pretty good talent coming in. How far down the lineup would the current team members need to fall in order for the team to really compete with top 25 teams. Would the number 2, Manasee, have to fall to number 4 with the rest to follow in order. Or could Rachel stay at 2, and then a gap, with the rest in order say at 5, 6, and bench. I guess my question is, at what position in the line-up would Manasse, Armstrong, Dallara, Luzar, and Sutton be at on a 15 - 30 team, and would the incoming recruits fill the holes. From what I gather here on this board, Malenovska would be competitive nationally at the 1 and Alawi is also a solid player.

So based on my cursory understanding of the game and LB's team, would the following line-up be a legitimate top 25 team: 1. Malenovska, 2. Manasse, 3. Alawi, 4. Dallara, 5. Armstrong, and 6. Jeczmionka. For conversation's sake, I left Sutton and Luzar off, but I am sure they have a great shot at competing for a roster spot.

gouci
May 12th, 2009, 09:14 AM
Rob this is my take:

1. Regards to Alawi. With international players you may not know what you have until after they play some fall tournaments. Alawi had a WTA career ranking high of #884. For example Lisa Haegele's WTA ranking high was better at #864. Alawi may be the next Stephanie Bengson or she may be the next Lisa Haegele who was a bust. Only time will tell.

2. Regards to winning 1 or 2 rounds. For the Big West the NCAA 1st round is the women's tennis Super Bowl. Because their will always be a top 16 national seed waiting in the 2nd round to end your season. The top 16 teams may have anywhere from 4 to 6 Grady or better caliber players in their line-up. So unless LBS is hosting their own regional winning a 2nd round match is unrealistic. Now the best chance a BW team has of winning the 1st round is being ranked as a top 32 team. That way you face a team ranked behind you in the 1st round.

3. What's the gap between LBS and the top 25? Well LSU was ranked #25 and they destroyed Long Beach St. who probably would have lost 0-7 if the match wasn't stopped. Ask yourself what LBS needs to add to beat #25 LSU and take their ranking.

4. Regards to LBS beating a top 32 lineup. Luzar was essentially 1-9 in dual matches at No. 5 singles against teams that were ranked at season's end. Sutton was essentially 0-10 at No. 6 singles againt ranked teams. Both Luzar and Sutton needs to be bumped down to the bench or improve a lot for LBS to beat a top 32 team. Otherwise with one or both in the singles line-up it's like starting the match down 0-1 or 0-2 versus ranked teams.

form
May 12th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Gouci, you really should stick to spotting recruit commitments and my statistical typos...

Rob this is my take:

1. Regards to Alawi. With international players you may not know what you have until after they play some fall tournaments. Alawi had a WTA career ranking high of #884. For example Lisa Haegele's WTA ranking high was better at #864. Alawi may be the next Stephanie Bengson or she may be the next Lisa Haegele who was a bust. Only time will tell.

You have no clue about Haegele.. but I'll help you. Highly rated German who had never ever lost a match to Julia Trunk in juniors. Problem: Signed LOI in 11/06 and showed up for school in 9/07; in between... stopped playing tennis though not quite what LB was led to believe. Basically pulled a US Junior move and just wanted scholarship but not to play tennis. So your 800's ranked ITF Jr stuff is a joke (it means nothing in 800's as it's too small a sample)for projecting... you have dig deeper.

2. Regards to winning 1 or 2 rounds. For the Big West the NCAA 1st round is the women's tennis Super Bowl. Because their will always be a top 16 national seed waiting in the 2nd round to end your season. The top 16 teams may have anywhere from 4 to 6 Grady or better caliber players in their line-up. So unless LBS is hosting their own regional winning a 2nd round match is unrealistic. Now the best chance a BW team has of winning the 1st round is being ranked as a top 32 team. That way you face a team ranked behind you in the 1st round.

In theory you are correct because BW teams will almost always be stuck at USC/UCLA/CAL/STANFORD (Fresno presently a freak of nature) but it 'could happen' ...

2006... the only BW women's team to ever advance to Rd 32 and only BW team ever a # 2 seed was LB. In round of 16, LB lost 4-0 to USC... BUT, LB was leading or third set tied in the other three matches and the deciding 4th point was 4-4 in the 2nd set before she fell. It would have been nice to have LB get a chance to play a non Pac 10 school that year.

3. What's the gap between LBS and the top 25? Well LSU was ranked #25 and they destroyed Long Beach St. who probably would have lost 0-7 if the match wasn't stopped. Ask yourself what LBS needs to add to beat #25 LSU and take their ranking.

PS... LB was # 25 at one point though I will acknowledge that was a fluke of computer at the time. H

owever, on September 15 LB had a top 25 team. Had their # 2 not quit to return to Australia and then their long time # 5 not suffered a hip tear that took her out of singles this year... this was a team the 'could have'. Even then, hard to believe they won 6th consecutive league title bascially down 1 3/4 players... kind of embarrassing for the others in BW... one in particular with the most depth.

4. Regards to LBS beating a top 32 lineup. Luzar was essentially 1-9 in dual matches at No. 5 singles against teams that were ranked at season's end. Sutton was essentially 0-10 at No. 6 singles againt ranked teams. Both Luzar and Sutton needs to be bumped down to the bench or improve a lot for LBS to beat a top 32 team. Otherwise with one or both in the singles line-up it's like starting the match down 0-1 or 0-2 versus ranked teams.

Read comments above... you can figuer out where they were likely projected on Sept 15.

But it is what it is. LB has 'signed' some nice athletes but you never know who will show, or sadly who will quit... :banghead:. CP and UCI no doubt are lining up some pretty strong transfers as they still have 3 and 2 vacancies to build with. LB might now miss out on some transfers. Who knows... that's why the play the games.

Big West is a mid-major. Probably one of the 2 or 3 best mid majors for depth and strength(Colonial pretty good too; Sun Belt is a tweener since they do play some football). Given the budgets, they get a pretty good return on investment and the top 3 schools would be about 6-7th place in the Pac 10 every year which makes you ask questions about some of those schools.

gouci
May 12th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Looks like Form has cheered up. :bigclap:

So your 800's ranked ITF Jr stuff is a joke ...Actually I listed WTA pro rankings not ITF junior rankings, a big difference Rob.

And I agree Form, you make more statistical typos than any other poster I know. :haha:

form
May 12th, 2009, 06:03 PM
800's in WTA is a joke too... it's just points. Have the played many or two? Not enough data.

I'll take my typos... and keep the trophies too. :worship::lol: