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fantic
Jan 31st, 2011, 05:11 AM
I think College tennis needs this like TennisForum :)

I just browsed facebook and here is Nicole Gibbs'

' qualifying round for top 16 national indoors . that means come out and support . preferably more than 5 of you in total . don't be embarrassing stanford '

:haha:

fantic
Jan 31st, 2011, 05:16 AM
here's a (do I put it 'a' or not? :confused: ) news about Embree's comback

LINK (http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=19663)

I teased her 'You wanna play, huh?' at UNLV invite last day, and she said sweetly

'no~~~'

guess it was a 'feint' :lol:

I also learned that Lauren's killer weapon is her backhand :)

fantic
Jan 31st, 2011, 06:44 AM
MICH vs USC result officially proclaims that USC doubles is the best in the nation.

Be very very afraid, opponents! :lol:

USC will definitely field TWO teams at NCAA tourney,

Pulido/Ramos and Christian/Sanchez :bowdown:

fantic
Feb 5th, 2011, 11:47 PM
Ngo, the latest product of GT's star making machine?

def. Molnar and now Gullickson :lol:

fantic
Feb 6th, 2011, 08:20 PM
preview of NCAA FINAL STAN UF

It's pretty certain that both teams will meet again.
(When you think #1 Stan can handsomely beat #4 UCLA 4-0,
something is wrong :lol: )

Singles

BARTE EMBREE ??
AHN WILL ??
GIBBS OYEN STAN
BURDETTE MATHER STAN
TAN JANOWICZ ??
LI CERCONE UF

Doubles

BARTE/BURDETTE OYEN/WILL
AHN/GIBBS EMBREE/MATHER
LI/MCVEIGH CERCONE/HITIMANA

UF singles #1 & 2 are interchangeable, no? (same as STAN
2,3)
UF MUST win the doubles pt otherwise, it's a foregone
conclusion, since it's THEIR infamous home court, Taube Stadium.

fantic
Feb 6th, 2011, 08:25 PM
Which team is the best ever since 2000?

Granville's STAN
Amber Liu's STAN
Barte's current STAN
Next year's STAN
A year after that's STAN

fantic
Feb 7th, 2011, 12:47 AM
LOOKBACK; DUKE def UCLA

#10 Duke 4, #7 UCLA 2
May 20, 2010 at Athens, GA (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
NCAA Round of 16


Doubles
1. #32 Granson/Nze (DUKE) def. #4 Remynse/Schnack (UCLA) 8-5

:o

2. #38 Clayton/Gorny (DUKE) def. Hickey/Nina Pantic (UCLA) 8-3
3. Montez/Carling Seguso (UCLA) def. #73 Plotkin/Zsilinszka (DUKE) 8-5

Duke Wins Doubles Point

Singles

1. #6 Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. #47 Ellah Nze (DUKE) 6-0, 6-7, 6-2
2. #81 Elizabeth Plotkin (DUKE) def. #46 Noelle Hickey (UCLA) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. #26 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) vs. #34 Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) 3-6, 6-2, 1-4, unfinished
4. Amanda Granson (DUKE) def. Pamela Montez (UCLA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Maya Johansson (UCLA) def. Monica Gorny (DUKE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6. Mary Clayton (DUKE) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2

Duke 22-7; National ranking #10
UCLA 21-4; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,4,1,2)

fantic
Feb 7th, 2011, 07:41 AM
So I looked at Stanford's home schedule;

the opponents are;

UCLA
SMU
OREGON
WASH ST
USF
CAL
UTAH
ASU
UA
FSU
UW
SMC
USTA JUNIOR ALL STAR TEAM

It's pretty weak compared to other top schools.

UF has BU visiting them, UCLA too.
Maybe USTA junior all star team has the highest chance to beat
them? :haha:
They really leave nothing to chances, do they :D
Let's hope that CAL & ASU can step up :devil:

fantic
Feb 7th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Baylor really has an ambitious schedule. Filled with matches against top teams;

3/6 ND
3/10 UCLA
3/14 MIAMI (home)
3/30 FLORIDA
4/6 CLEMSON
4/14 NORTHWESTERN

Wow :worship:

10sE
Feb 7th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Baylor really has an ambitious schedule. Filled with matches against top teams;


They have to schedule tough if they want to stay ranked high. Not a lot of top 25 teams for them to play in the Big 12.

fantic
Feb 7th, 2011, 05:32 PM
They have to schedule tough if they want to stay ranked high. Not a lot of top 25 teams for them to play in the Big 12.

you're right, I guess. But it's still an impressive list :)

fantic
Feb 9th, 2011, 02:02 PM
interesting news (albeit an old one :lol: ) featuring Venise Chan, Maria Mosolova, Else Potgieter(former TAM star) and Nicole Rottman (who plays at Rancho Mirage today)

LINK (http://www1.tennishk.org/Archive/Articles/tabid/441/ctl/ArticleView/mid/369/articleId/793/VenisetocontestfirstG2titleaftermiraculouscomeback .aspx)

Mosolova have beaten Wickmayer :eek:

Vaxey
Feb 25th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Hey.
I know a lot of players from US college, but I still not unerstand that rules. Students can't be pro? A lot of students play in ITF tournament in the middle of the year. They can do that? Could you tell me that Ahn, van Nguyen, Gibbs, Cako, Fink, Cohen, Krawczyk, Turewicz, Min, Hsu or Tsay plays for college? And they will play in tournaments after college?
Sorry for that questions, but I really dunno a lot of about college tennis.
Thanks for answer!

fantic
Feb 25th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Van Nguyen, Krawczyk, Turewicz, Min, Tsay still junior, Fink graduated,
Gibbs, Cohen, Cako, Hsu in college.
I heard that if you don't accept the prize money you can compete during college, but others could tell more about this, I'm sure ;)

Vaxey
Feb 25th, 2011, 06:14 PM
Ok, thanks ;) I heard that Cohen is pro since 2010, that is true?

fantic
Feb 25th, 2011, 06:18 PM
I heard that she got sponsored recently, and that means she's officially pro.

2nd_serve
Feb 27th, 2011, 07:18 PM
Unstrung

is a movie available for immediate play from Netflix. For people who post on this board, its recommended.

fantic
Feb 28th, 2011, 07:11 PM
Unstrung

is a movie available for immediate play from Netflix. For people who post on this board, its recommended.

huh? care to elaborate? :lol:

fantic
Feb 28th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Sanchez WCQ for IW :angel:

fantic
Mar 1st, 2011, 07:50 AM
Brittany Blalock, former player for Cal Poly, is playing PQ for IW.

She got a bye for the 1st rd :lol:

Ah, Megan Falcon, former All American at LSU

is also playing. They might face each other

at the 3rd round.

------------

EDIT;

from the remaining bottom half;

Yasmin Schnack(former UCLA) also got a bye, she could meet Jeukeng.

Turewicz(Duke bound) also playing, could meet Krivencheva. Joanna Smith (ASU bound) possibly meets Boserup.

Alyssa Smith, Xepoleas(Purdue bound), Muhammad in the same subgroup.

Arina Rodionova seems to be the top seed in this bottom half.

Kevin.
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:31 PM
where is the full draw? I have a feeling Asia can pull it out.

fantic
Mar 1st, 2011, 05:35 PM
IW website put up a draw, you can download it's a pdf file.

or just go to IW thread (players), a player put up a link ;)

and Meelis typed it on the pq sub thread there which I made :lol:

fantic
Mar 2nd, 2011, 02:59 PM
Hailey Johnson, Arizona bound, replaces Farrar? and plays Kitagawa in the 1st rd.

Kevin.
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:20 PM
is there an OOP?

fantic
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:30 PM
^ you're asking for too much :lol: We should be thankful that the draw is posted :angel: well the PDF files does says the match time, no?
9:00, 10:30, and so on..

Embittered
Mar 4th, 2011, 07:30 AM
For those doing kremlinology on the Boren absence, here's another article that mentions her: http://tnjn.com/2011/mar/03/lady-vols-tennis-starts-sec-se/
The injured player Patrick mentions is freshman Brynn Boren, who will be out another week and miss the matches against Alabama and Auburn.:(

fantic
Mar 4th, 2011, 01:46 PM
Brynn :sad: Hope she get's FULLY recovered soon!

fantic
Mar 4th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Lady Vols are ambitious :eek: I thought Georgia, now that Gullickson is back, have a sli~~~~ght chance of winning it against UF :lol:

oh, it's their home where the tournament is held..well, maybe fan power can :rolls:

fantic
Mar 5th, 2011, 03:24 PM
So Turewicz advances to IW PQ semi, beating two All Americans Falcon and Schnack on the way.
If only Cecil stayed.. Next year's Duke really could've challenged Stanford and UF..Cecil, Capra, Turewicz, Kahan, Clayton, Gorny, Mar..

gouci
Mar 11th, 2011, 07:37 PM
bump

gouci
Mar 11th, 2011, 07:48 PM
Below is Susie Abromeit who played tennis for Duke back in 2002. Since then she has turned into an actress.

She's in this movie that I want to see coming out today titled "Battle: Los Angeles." (http://www.youtube.com/user/BattleLAMovie?v=ZHKYA07KBuQ&feature=pyv&ad=8581811271&kw=battle%20la%20trailer)

Is Michelle Rodriguez getting typecast as a soldier since doing Avatar? :lol:

Also in the movie is NFL quarterback Tom Brady's baby's Mama Bridge Moynahan. :lol:

http://kngine.com/ActorImage.ashx?q=nm2608932

gouci
Mar 11th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Just as a tidbit another tennis player turned actress is Kaley Cuoco below. She's best known for being the star of the CBS TV show "The Big Bang Theory."

I still remember her as a tennis player from the junior circuit, ranked in the top 25 of the USTA Southern California Girls 14 back in the day. :lol:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-c1pWinAev4/TPRu3MtZ4MI/AAAAAAAABaI/mTjIOC_DilU/s400/Kaley%2BCuoco%2B2.jpg

fantic
Mar 17th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Just as a tidbit another tennis player turned actress is Kaley Cuoco below. She's best known for being the star of the CBS TV show "The Big Bang Theory."

I still remember her as a tennis player from the junior circuit, ranked in the top 25 of the USTA Southern California Girls 14 back in the day. :lol:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-c1pWinAev4/TPRu3MtZ4MI/AAAAAAAABaI/mTjIOC_DilU/s400/Kaley%2BCuoco%2B2.jpg

you saw her play? lucky you :lol: love BBT.

fantic
Mar 17th, 2011, 03:42 PM
article about Stanford streak

LINK (http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/030711aac.html)

ASU, DO something :sobbing:

fantic
Mar 17th, 2011, 04:52 PM
Fellerhoff and Shine, both freshmen are singles #1 & 2 for Louisville

LINK (http://www.uoflsports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/112009aaa.html)

fantic
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:56 PM
So I checked when was the last time Fahoum/Nze & Dolehide/Remynse played together.

Duke duo played last in.. 2/6
Since then Fahoum/Mar played #2 9 consecutive matches.

UCLA duo last played in..weird, similar date 2/5 :lol:
After that Remynse/Montez played #3 for 5 consecutive matches,
and Dolehide/Remynse reunited for 2 matches recently, the last one they lost to Secerbegovic/Stanivuk 6-8.

fantic
Mar 20th, 2011, 04:02 PM
watch out for UCLA's Noelle Hickey and Hickey/Jones

Hickey seems to peak at the end of the season, like last season.
At SW R last fall she lost to Dolehide by 2,1
Since March she defeated Lao, Chan, Nakic

Hickey/Jones won 11 consecutive matches, one a draw against Secerbegovic/Stanivuk. Among their victims are Pulido/Ramos, Ahn/Gibbs, and Chan/Dy. The closest scoreline was 8-7(0) against Byron/Kwan, and they lost last in SW R against Bhargava/Zalameda.
Currently #16, they just might be the best #2 in the nation right now..

fantic
Mar 20th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Cako hasn't lost a set bar 2 matches against Natasha Marks (won) and Maria Sanchez (lost)

She twice played #1 and in one of them beat UT's Ellis 1,4

So Cako vs Stanford #2 will be VERY interesting...

Maybe Cako and McKenna should switch, in that way they might have a surer chance of winning...

fantic
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Novakova/Secerbegovic #29

Stanivuk/Secerbegovic since Jan 21 (first dual match) , but reunited on Mar 18

fantic
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:47 PM
#26 Frilling/Mathews of ND.

On a 9 match winning streak, last lost to Bolender/Muresan 7-8(2) on Feb 10.

fantic
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:09 AM
of the Midwest Troika (is Big 10 and East Midwest? :scratch: if not what should I call it?)

FRILLING

Frilling lost 2 matches so far, to Juricova and Ellis.
Won in 3 sets (including tiebreaker )against Burdette, Pavelec, Putilina, Constantinescu, Novakova.

MURESAN

Muresan has more losses but also met more quality opponents;
lost to

Eichkorn (twice), Barte (twice), Frilling (twice), Sanchez (twice), De Bruycker

MOSOLOVA

Relegated from National to Regional troika :sobbing: but still a force to be reckoned with.
Steadily rising in ranking from the 50s, now #13.

lost to

De Bruycker, White, Frilling, Will.

Hasn't lost a match in 14 tries now.

fantic
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:20 AM
De Bruycker should be the MIP of the year

Won against

Mosolova, Wong, Clayton, Boren, Nagaraj, Nze, Bek, Ramos, Dolehide, Muresan..

Once lost 6 matches in a row but understandable losses since those are against;

Gullickson, Frilling, Will, Dy, Mosolova, Barte

UNC schedule is just... :bowdown:

fantic
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:27 AM
The grinders' idol Reka Z :lol:
Currently #10 (AND #3 singles :crazy: THE stacking of the year? :lol:)

lost to;

Muresan, Novakova, Lesniak, Wowchuk, 3 sets win against Macfarlane, Alda, Hein, Hojckova.

fantic
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:41 AM
Martina Pavelec, WF's #1, now ranked #30

Won against

Wolf, Alda, Fraser, Fahoum, Urbina, Hanle, De Bruycker

lost in 3 sets to Tomljanovic, Nagaraj, Frilling, Bhambri.

fantic
Mar 21st, 2011, 07:13 AM
"SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2011
Top-Ranked Women's Tennis Blanks Auburn for 98th Straight Regular-Season Home Win
Gainesville, Fla."

UF touts THEIR home match winning streak against Stanford :lol:

For that matter, UCLA's LATC is quite impressive too, thrashing Stanford and USC last season, this season against USC and Baylor

gouci
Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:54 AM
I just noticed the number of posts for our college tennis board has passed the 10,000 mark. :woohoo:
I can remember when that number was less than 2,500. :lol:

tucker1989
Mar 22nd, 2011, 02:57 AM
I just noticed the number of posts for our college tennis board has passed the 10,000 mark. :woohoo:
I can remember when that number was less than 2,500. :lol:

I remember when I first proposed the idea for this section, and it's amazing to see how it has grown. I love having a place to talk about college tennis with informed, excited fans.

fantic
Mar 22nd, 2011, 03:02 AM
well, posters are still only a handful.. :lol:

anyway, congrats.

gouci
Mar 22nd, 2011, 10:08 PM
Wow at 3:00 P.M. (Pacific time) today there were 50 people viewing this college board. I wonder what caused the spike in traffic?

The last time I recall around that many people viewing this board was during the tragic death of Elena Cadet. :sad:

fantic
Mar 23rd, 2011, 05:29 AM
usually user names involves tennis, school, or is self-related (for example names, like Anne Yelsey :eek: )

but there is one exception;

Amalgamate :eek: :lol:

What the.. :lol: how the hell did that become a username? :lol:

There is an Amalgamated bank in the town where I live :haha:

fantic
Mar 28th, 2011, 05:01 AM
watching Christian / Sanchez on the receiving end is hilarious :lol:

Maria twirling the racket when receiving, and KK following Julia Cohen's lead :tape: in that she doesn't seem to care much :haha: pretty loose and looking kinda delinquent :lol: must be maddening and at the same time intimidating to the opponents :lol: she 'poses' just like that and in the blink of an eye intercepts the ball at the net making fantastic winners :haha:
moreover their lobs are just outta this world :bowdown:

fantic
Mar 28th, 2011, 06:41 AM
UCLA doubles teams seemed to have no problem at first, Dolehide/Remynse winning the NCTC, beating Barte/Burdette.

Then Poorta/Isip of SMC crushes them 8-1

It derailed everything for UCLA.

One of the most shocking upsets this season.

fantic
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:33 AM
so whoever wants to see Hardebeck, Turewicz, Min in EXTENDED action at IW PM me your you tube id, I'll be happy to oblige :)

fantic
Apr 2nd, 2011, 03:37 PM
Zemenova and Fodor at Weil :eek:

I wondered where Fodor 'vanished' after a brief 'stint' at Cal :lol:

LINK (http://www.weiltennis.com/Coaches___Staff/weil_coaches.htm)

gouci
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:28 PM
Can you identify this mystery player (http://tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1172)?

Who's your best guess? :lol:

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Dunno, but great article :worship:

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:26 PM
Watch out for the Gajic sisters;

Elder Katarina a jr at Boston College, playing #3,
defeated Reka Z 6-4,3-6,1-0(11)

Younger Juliana, a freshman at UT, playing from this January and on the 5th position.

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 09:17 PM
Watch out for Hardenbergh of UVA

She's hot right now, on a 9 match winning streak.

Notable victims are;

Bartenstein 63, 06, 61
Segarelli 0,2
Featherston 4,5
Fahoum 3,1
Bhambri 1,4

Wow, quite impressive wins :yeah:

She beat Nze & Nakic before that, split a set with Niu (Unfinished)..

tucker1989
Apr 10th, 2011, 09:28 PM
Lindsey has a great game, won a $10K right before she came to UVA. She's a big hitter, and she can go up against almost anyone when she's on

fantic
Apr 10th, 2011, 09:48 PM
Lindsey has a great game, won a $10K right before she came to UVA. She's a big hitter, and she can go up against almost anyone when she's on

Oh, so it's not unexpected then. Thx for the info :wavey:

Ranked #54, hope to watch her at Taube :D

Kevin.
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:00 AM
usually user names involves tennis, school, or is self-related (for example names, like Anne Yelsey :eek: )

but there is one exception;

Amalgamate :eek: :lol:

What the.. :lol: how the hell did that become a username? :lol:

There is an Amalgamated bank in the town where I live :haha:

Anne Yelsey was on here? Any info on her?

fantic
Apr 11th, 2011, 01:07 AM
I found her posting here when this subforum was made, you can check it out :) Other than that, dunno :shrug: (I remember liking her play, though)

2nd_serve
Apr 11th, 2011, 09:25 PM
Patrick McEnroe on College Tennis,
2 minute youtube interview with players in background
click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j960lq1RCzs&feature=player_embedded)

its_a_racquet
Apr 11th, 2011, 09:48 PM
Great comments by Patrick.......thanks for sharing!

fantic
Apr 18th, 2011, 08:48 PM
players who harassed Maria Sanchez this season;

Sarah Landsman 67(4),16
Jacquline Cako 63, 26, 57
Danielle Lao 62, 36, 62
Nina Secerbegovic 26, 63, 26
Josipa Bek 67(5), 26
Allie Will 57, 64, 06
Jana Juricova 26, 63, 36
Nicole Gibbs 36, 75, 26
Aeriel Ellis 36, 57
Stephanie Hoffpauir 75, 46, 36
McCall Jones 26, 67(9)
Denise Dy 62, 46, 01(6)
Jana Juricova 26, 62, 61
Pavlina Smatova 57, 36
Ludmila Vasilieva 75, 63, 13-11 (Sanchez win)
Kelcy McKenna 64, 16, 64

Wow, so many challenged..

Amalgamate
Apr 18th, 2011, 09:28 PM
players who harassed Maria Sanchez this season;

Sarah Landsman 67(4),16
Jacquline Cako 63, 26, 57
Danielle Lao 62, 36, 62
Nina Secerbegovic 26, 63, 26
Josipa Bek 67(5), 26
Allie Will 57, 64, 06
Jana Juricova 26, 63, 36
Nicole Gibbs 36, 75, 26
Aeriel Ellis 36, 57
Stephanie Hoffpauir 75, 46, 36
McCall Jones 26, 67(9)
Denise Dy 62, 46, 01(6)
Jana Juricova 26, 62, 61
Pavlina Smatova 57, 36
Ludmila Vasilieva 75, 63, 13-11 (Sanchez win)
Kelcy McKenna 64, 16, 64

Wow, so many challenged..

Edit: :facepalm:

fantic
Apr 19th, 2011, 01:46 PM
Edit: :facepalm:

:facepalm:

fantic
May 2nd, 2011, 01:54 PM
after watching some NAIA tennis I wanna 'branch out' :lol:

I see there are div 2, 3, NAIA, JUCO

gouci which is the higher level of the 4 leagues? could you grade it?

Thx.

fantic
May 6th, 2011, 04:59 AM
so I 'branched out' :lol:

saw CMS vs Point Loma today (PL has #1 ranked player Strimple, who played Intercollegiate last fall)

NCAA DIV 3 championship link (http://www.ncaa.com/championships/tennis-women/d3)

and Biszantz Family Tennis Center (http://www.cmsathletics.org/sports/wten/BFTC), one of the BEST campus courts :bowdown:

fantic
May 6th, 2011, 05:07 AM
NAIA ranking (http://naia.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/050311aaa.html)

2011 Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll - May 3

RANK LAST
WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011
RECORD TOTAL
POINTS
1 1 Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) (10) 18-4 281
2 2 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) (1) 20-3 272
3 4 Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) 23-5 260
4 6 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 19-4 253
5 5 Oklahoma Christian University 17-2 244
6 3 Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.) 18-3 242
7 7 Concordia University (Calif.) 14-7 226
8 8 Brenau University (Ga.) 10-7 218
9 9 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 10-2 207
10 10 Vanguard University (Calif.) 10-10 201
11 12 Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 14-6 184
12 13 William Carey University (Miss.) 14-6 182
13 16 Lee University (Tenn.) 9-5 171
14 14 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 19-1 160
15 11 Shorter University (Ga.) 11-4 156
16 17 Indiana Wesleyan University 21-1 139
16 21 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) 6-14 139
18 18 Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) 15-5 127
19 23 Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) 13-5 121
20 15 Oklahoma Baptist University 9-10 110
21 19 Saint Thomas University (Fla.) 9-9 102
22 20 Campbellsville University (Ky.) 14-5 96
23 22 William Jewell College (Mo.) 17-7 90
24 24 Webber International University (Fla.) 12-9 68
25 25 Belhaven University (Miss.) 14-3 60

fantic
May 18th, 2011, 07:52 AM
ITA AWARDS (http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Archives/2011_Award_Archives/2011_Division_I_ITA_Awards.htm)


Player to Watch

Atlantic


Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, University of Maryland
Carolina


Anya Morgina, South Carolina
Central


Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State
Midwest


Shannon Mathews, University of Notre Dame
Mountain


Michelle Okhremchuk, University of Nevada Reno
Northeast


Stefanie Nunic, Boston University
Northwest


Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
Ohio Valley


Alex Leatu, Vanderbuilt University
Southern


Alexa Guarachi, Alabama
Southeast


Lauren Embree, University of Florida
Southwest


Katilyn Christian, University of Southern California
Texas


Marta Lesniak, SMU

Rookie of the Year

Atlantic


Jordaan Sanford, University of Maryland
Carolina


Rachel Kahan, Duke University
Central


Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State
Midwest


Brooke Bolender, University of Michigan
Mountain


Lucia Batta, UNLV
Northeast


Chieh Yu (Connie) Hsu, University of Pennsylvania
Northwest


Kristie Ahn, Stanford
Ohio Valley


Brynn Boren, University of Tennessee
Southern


Mary Ann MacFarlane, Alabama
Southeast


Olivia Janowicz, University of Florida
Southwest


Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State University
Texas


Samantha Adams, Texas Tech

gouci
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:20 PM
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2011/writers/bruce_jenkins/06/14/college.tennis/embree-st.jpg
Florida's Lauren Embree celebrates a point during her title-clinching match. College tennis may be poised for a comeback. AP


An argument for college tennis

By Bruce Jenkins
Posted: Tuesday June 14, 2011 1:39PM

I hadn't seen much college tennis until the NCAA tournament came to my area (Stanford) last month, and it was a revelation. It struck me that a lot of talented young players have no idea what they're missing, and that current trends on the women's pro tour could affect significant change.

Specifically: If maturity is the theme in today's game -- Li Na, Francesca Schiavone, Kim Clijsters, Samantha Stosur, you get the idea -- why wouldn't up-and-coming teenagers benefit from the collegiate experience?

If the notion sounds crazy, it's because there isn't a single player in the WTA's Top 100 who went to college. That's a stone-cold fact that should act as a major deterrent. But Patrick McEnroe, who heads up the USTA's development program, thinks college tennis is poised for a comeback.

Let me first explain the benefits. From a societal and educational standpoint, the collegiate experience speaks for itself. But I was amazed and delighted at the spectacle of team tennis, and this goes way beyond World Team Tennis (little more than an amusing sideshow since its glory days in the 1970s) and even the prestigious Davis Cup. The NCAA spectacle represents "team" in every sense of the word.

As the women's championship came down to the host Stanford Cardinal against Florida -- a rematch of last year's final -- six singles matches were being played simultaneously, in a pair of three-court stadiums. The crowd noise was a constant brand of bedlam, coming from all directions. Forget that wave of silence when you're about to serve; a few hundred people might be going crazy, above a nearby court, in the middle of your toss.

One by one, the results came in, posted on a scoreboard so everyone knew where the competition stood. As the matches finished, players lined up courtside to cheer on teammates still in action. Including the doubles point awarded earlier in the day, it came down to a 3-3 tie with Stanford's Mallory Burdette facing Florida's Lauren Embree, and the tension was excruciating. It went to a third-set tiebreaker, and a 6-6 deadlock, before Embree won a couple of points to close it out.

As the Florida players wildly celebrated so many miles from home, I tried to imagine the feeling of coming through in the clutch with a group of teammates poised to share the glory. That's something you just don't find on tour. There are huge lessons in defeat, as well, and Stanford showed the utmost in class as sympathetic players gathered around the crestfallen Burdette and let her know she wasn't alone.

Nothing trumps the element of money when it comes to turning pro, but the days of teenage "phenoms" are gone, on both tours. Since the WTA changed its eligibility rules in 1995, there have been limits on the number of tournaments played by girls aged 14-17. So nobody's rising to the top at that stage. More than ever, though, tournaments are being won by mature, experienced players with massive power (or pure finesse, in Schiavone's case). Careers are being validated by heroic, later-in-life feats. The same goes on the men's side, where fabled young talents routinely get schooled by the older set until, years later, their time arrives.

"Years ago, players were incredibly successful at a young age because they hit the ball as hard as the best in the world," said noted coach/TV analyst Darren Cahill. "The young kids coming through today don't. It's as simple as that. You've got to develop more physical strength now, and that only comes with years of training."

All of which completely invalidates a comment by highly respected coach Robert Landsdorp some 10 years ago, explaining why he felt a certain female player would never reach No. 1: "In women's tennis, you have to have made a mark by the time you're 16 -- won a Slam, a big tournament or beaten the No. 1. If you haven't, you will never become No. 1."

That's simply not the case any longer (the last teenager to win a major was Maria Sharapova, 19, at the 2006 U.S. Open), and here's where McEnroe comes in. He's fully aware of the collegiate experience, having played on two NCAA championship teams at Stanford in the late 1980s, and he admits that the USTA has "made mistakes," in some cases, by pushing kids to turn pro too early.

"We're making more of an effort to encourage kids to go to college, or to stay in school once they get there," McEnroe said in a telephone interview. "If you get someone as talented as Andy Roddick or Sam Querrey, it's pretty clear they're going to make a move to the pros, and rightly so. But over the last 15 years, I think we probably lost about a hundred potential top-100 players because they went pro too early. They were too young for a life on the road, they were lonely, and they got crushed by the competition. Next thing you know, they're completely out of the game.

"The reality is that college tennis is like Double-A ball, for the most part," said McEnroe. "You won't see many players who are going to wind up in the Top 10. But here in America, we could use more people in the top 30-50. We're really hurting in that department. In a lot of cases, I don't feel a player would lose any ground by playing in college. I'd be happy to see more of our young players take this road. It's a smart decision for tennis reasons, and also for life reasons."

John Isner is a good example of a player who went to college (Georgia) for four years, experienced the thrill of competing in the NCAA tournament, then hit the tour with a brand of maturity he hadn't known before. "Isner still talks about that, all the intangibles of the collegiate experience," said McEnroe. "There's a really talented kid, Michael Shabaz, who wasn't mentally prepared to turn pro three or four years ago. He just wasn't ready for that kind of grind, that kind of pressure. So he went to Virginia, where he's just wrapping up a great career, and we brought him down to our last Davis Cup match, in Chile, as a practice player. He was totally blown away by what Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan brothers do on a daily basis. And he's as gung-ho as ever. He's going to come out of college at 21, 22 years old with a lot more positive energy."

We'll never return to the glory days of collegiate tennis, when the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith won NCAA singles championships. Inside Tennis editor Bill Simons notes that at one point in 1981, there were four former Stanford players in the top 15 and seven in the top 55 (McEnroe, Gene Mayer, Roscoe Tanner, Sandy Mayer, Tim Mayotte, Pat DuPre and Peter Rennert). The game has gone international, beyond anyone's wildest dreams, and there's a lot more money at stake.

But maturity was a major theme at the recent French Open, on both the men's and women's side, with a lot of powerful voices in chorus. Martina Navratilova called it "full-on insane" for kids to be driven to win before they even reach their teenage years. Enthralled by the all-court spectacle of the Li-Schiavone women's final, John McEnroe said on the NBC telecast, "The way the women's game is going, players can maximize their potential later on and not burn out so early. There's a lesson to be learned out there for parents who are pushing their kids too soon to turn pro."

Expecting immediate change would be something like waiting for the tours to cut two months off their schedules, or for the Davis Cup calendar to make sense. Isner's enviable career path doesn't seem to have had much impact. But what if a handful of bright, worldly teenagers decided to attend college, squared off routinely in the big events, then emerged as mature young women capable of making some Grand Slam noise? It just might start a trend.

gouci
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:48 PM
But over the last 15 years, I think we probably lost about a hundred potential top-100 players because they went pro too early. They were too young for a life on the road, they were lonely, and they got crushed by the competition. Next thing you know, they're completely out of the game.

- Patrick McEnroe
Here's a list exclusive to our college board :hatoff: of women who turned pro from the last 11 recruiting classes (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=15972209&postcount=3).

2nd_serve
Jun 20th, 2011, 12:07 AM
Mr. Gouci,
Thanks for quoting that excellent article.
I want to say, I've been saying that, and finally, USTA has someone with the experience and brains to speak it.

But it is a new and strong argument that by going pro too early, many careers have be broken.

And nicely written article by Bruce Jenkins. Thanks.

urklerlay
Jun 20th, 2011, 02:48 AM
Thanks for posting the article Gouci! B Jenkins writes for the paper to which I subscribe, but only Thurs - Sunday. I saw him sitting in the stands for the Women's final at Stanford.

gouci
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:12 PM
Awesome tennis ball trick! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8UdkLfbLNk&feature=related) :happy:

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gouci
Jan 4th, 2012, 01:38 PM
Here are the top 6 threads (by far) with the most average number of views per post.


6. Exodus club = 132.1 views/post
(1st 15 posts counted as 1)


5. 17 & 21 year old freshmen club = 134.3 views/post


4. Coaching changes = 136.5 views/post
(1st 2 posts counted as 1)


3. Scandals college tennis = 151.5 views/post
(1st 3 posts counted as 1)


2. Who will get fired? = 156.3 views/post
(1st 2 posts counted as 1)


1. NCAA rules explanations = 165.3 views/post
(1st 2 posts counted as 1)


I find it interesting on average what people here view the most. :bounce:

gouci
Sep 29th, 2013, 12:56 AM
That was fast! Only weeks after her breakup from ‘Superman’ actor Henry Cavill, ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress Kaley Cuoco shows off her dazzling diamond engagement ring from her (University of Florida) tennis playing fiancé Ryan Sweeting in LA on September 28.

For those that don't know Kaley Cuoco was a junior tennis player at one point ranked in the top 25 in Southern California before she turned to acting.

http://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ffn_cuoco_kaley_premiere_092813_51220100.jpg?w=400

gouci
Oct 6th, 2013, 02:40 PM
So I had lunch at this place called Surf Brothers Teriyaki which I randomly came across in San Diego. To my surprise there was this newspaper article about Coco Vandeweghe posted on the wall. :lol:

I can testify that their steak sliders are delicious. :hearts:
I will definitely be making return visits there. :bounce:

https://dealmedia.utsandiego.com/products/2011/03/29/4d835fd7105bbc91d457e84c.jpg

gouci
Oct 6th, 2013, 02:50 PM
http://media.utsandiego.com/img/photos/2013/07/31/Coco_web_t940.jpg?13521e6083d8523caab49d2c279efbd8 8a38372c

By Craig Malveaux11:14 a.m.July 31, 2013

CARLSBAD — Coco Vandeweghe is a tad superstitious.

Her unofficial motto: if it works, it works.

“My coach and I were joking about that at Stanford,” Vandeweghe said.

“I was on a winning streak with Umami Burger. I kept winning matches, so I kept eating it. I ate a burger from there five days in a row. I was kind of getting sick of it. I’m like, ugh, I can’t do another burger.”

So on Day No. 6, the Bank of the West Classic qualifier broke the cycle. Coincidentally, it broke her rhythm as she lost the very next match.

“Sometimes it gets crazy,” Vandeweghe said, laughing.

Yet the Rancho Santa Fe resident can’t resist. Her new food venue of choice: a Hawaiian spot called Surf Brothers.

Thus far, it’s produced results. Vandeweghe notched another victory Tuesday, serving her way past Allie Kiick 6-1, 6-2 for her fourth victory in the Southern California Open at La Costa Resort and Spa.

“I agree with that,” Vandeweghe said, addressing a question in a post-match press conference. “It’s been the best two-week stretch I’ve had all year.”

All fueled by superstitions and good food.

Her serve aided, too.

Vandeweghe powered 12 aces past Kiick — the daughter of former NFL running back Jim Kiick — and lost only one point on first serves, despite little knowledge of Kiick’s repertoire.

“Thankfully, we have some kind of scouting report in YouTube videos,” Vandeweghe said.

“You can get a basic feel for their tendencies watching them play on the computer. It’s much different when you actually compete against them on the court, but you can at least get an idea of their strengths.”

Which Vandeweghe did, dominating Kiick in the first set.

A bit cautious, Vandeweghe consulted her coach — Jan-Michael Gambill — for guidance despite her serve and backhand clicking on all cylinders.

“I wanted some confirmation on my forehand. Basically, just to reiterate what I saw out there, how I was responding and what I was thinking on the court,” Vandewege said.

“I felt I was jumping at it a little bit out there.”

The SoCal Open qualifier advances to the second round where she will face the winner of Dominika Cibulkova and Ana Ivanovic, who are slated to play today.

“I’ve never played either opponent, but it will be a great opportunity for me since they’re both accomplished players,” Vandeweghe said.

Ivanovic, ranked No. 17 in the world, won the 2008 French Open. Cibulkova, last year’s SoCal Open champ and a winner last week at Stanford, is ranked No. 21 in the world.

Embittered
Nov 8th, 2013, 09:00 PM
Elena Chernyakova:oh:

A Google alert for Heather Watson had this article waiting for me this morning: Former WTA Professional Tennis Player From Moscow, Staring in an American Movie - Elena Has Signed on to Play the Lead in Psychotic Horror Thriller Movie (http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/11/7/former_wta_professional_tennis_player_from.htm)

So I just Googled for a better source (Hispanic Business?? I mean) and I see Lena has been making quite the name for herself: Chicago Doctor Accused of Posting Photos of Intoxicated Patient (http://www.wric.com/story/23190425/chicago-doctor-accused-of-posting-photos-of-intoxicated-patient). Why did no one tell me this?

Here's the first story from a different source (http://reelchicago.com/article/artisans-sell-their-wares-crc-s-rock-shop131108), to save you clicking on any dubious links.
FORMER RUSSIAN TENNIS PRO, Elena Chernyakova, stars in indie horror thriller “Psychotic,” produced by NuConcepts, the company of producer/director/actor Claude Reid, produced by Christopher Free and now shooting in the area.

Reid and Elena play Michael and Jennifer, who kill their friends and (oh, ick!) drink their blood. They also have split personalities. Reid says it’s “totally improv, absolutely no script.” No kidding.

hellas719
Feb 17th, 2014, 03:30 AM
^i remember seeing a video of her somewhere that she was suing a hospital or something :unsure:

hellas719
Feb 17th, 2014, 03:31 AM
Not sure if this belongs in this thread, but:

#125 Despoina Vogasari HOUSTON d. #72 Georgiana Patarasc MISS ST 6-1 6-2 :bowdown:

CTSEMT
Feb 19th, 2014, 01:22 AM
[Former UF star] Jennifer [Magley] Gabou Releases Novel 'Division I' Spotlighting Secret Life Inside NCAA Sports

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11588942.htm

It sounds so scandalous...I might have to download the eBook...

tie_breaker
Feb 19th, 2014, 04:51 AM
[Former UF star] Jennifer [Magley] Gabou Releases Novel 'Division I' Spotlighting Secret Life Inside NCAA Sports

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11588942.htm

It sounds so scandalous...I might have to download the eBook...

I was almost interested until I found out that it was fiction. :lol:

tie_breaker
Feb 19th, 2014, 04:58 AM
Not sure if this belongs in this thread, but:

#125 Despoina Vogasari HOUSTON d. #72 Georgiana Patarasc MISS ST 6-1 6-2 :bowdown:

Not surprised she was going to have success in Houston. Going to have to catch one of her matches. Not a big fan of Hoff Courts, but I may be willing to see them play at HCC.

Coach Sullivan may have a top 20 team in the next few years at this rate. ;)

hellas719
Feb 19th, 2014, 06:47 AM
I was almost interested until I found out that it was fiction. :lol:

I didn't even notice it was fiction :o
I got excited for nothing :lol:

Not surprised she was going to have success in Houston. Going to have to catch one of her matches. Not a big fan of Hoff Courts, but I may be willing to see them play at HCC.

Coach Sullivan may have a top 20 team in the next few years at this rate. ;)

He could've done it back at SFA where he had a lot of good prospects but ditched it all to come to Houston and now he's doing the same with this program (recruiting a ton of international players)

tie_breaker
Feb 19th, 2014, 07:44 AM
He could've done it back at SFA where he had a lot of good prospects but ditched it all to come to Houston and now he's doing the same with this program (recruiting a ton of international players)[/QUOTE]

Nothing new at Houston, most of the original recruits are from UK. I kind of wish Houston was in the Big 12.

CTSEMT
Feb 19th, 2014, 03:25 PM
I was almost interested until I found out that it was fiction. :lol:

So, I broke down and downloaded it last night - it was a pretty quick read at 240 pages. Decently written but poorly edited, still the content is worth reading. It's a rather scathing endictment of UF, certain individuals and apparently the complete dysfunction that was the '03 championship team. I guess chemistry is overrated.

Technically it;s fiction, but more like "based on a true story". Some liberties have been taken with some details and the timeline and the names have changed to protect the guilty, but for anyone familiar with UF's '03 championship team, it is not exactly hard to guess the true identities of Magley's coaches and teammates (e.g. the sub-5 ft Mexican, the black girl that had a baby, or the senior playing out of her depths at #1).

desariofan
Feb 19th, 2014, 08:08 PM
So, I broke down and downloaded it last night - it was a pretty quick read at 240 pages. Decently written but poorly edited, still the content is worth reading. It's a rather scathing endictment of UF, certain individuals and apparently the complete dysfunction that was the '03 championship team. I guess chemistry is overrated.

Technically it;s fiction, but more like "based on a true story". Some liberties have been taken with some details and the timeline and the names have changed to protect the guilty, but for anyone familiar with UF's '03 championship team, it is not exactly hard to guess the true identities of Magley's coaches and teammates (e.g. the sub-5 ft Mexican, the black girl that had a baby, or the senior playing out of her depths at #1).

OMG so i was deceived? LOL i am getting a paperback sent to me. I teasingly facebooked her and asked "will this base loosely on reality?" she said not at all. I knew it was!! It would be fun to read her version of the 03 team drama because I am actually good friends with most of the team back then (magley, reyes, whom i just visited down in miami, dawaf, rotondi...). the only person i never associated with, or the whole team for that matter, was scaringe. she just seemed a hot mess.

i am excited about the book tho! :D

tie_breaker
Feb 19th, 2014, 10:20 PM
OMG so i was deceived? LOL i am getting a paperback sent to me. I teasingly facebooked her and asked "will this base loosely on reality?" she said not at all. I knew it was!! It would be fun to read her version of the 03 team drama because I am actually good friends with most of the team back then (magley, reyes, whom i just visited down in miami, dawaf, rotondi...). the only person i never associated with, or the whole team for that matter, was scaringe. she just seemed a hot mess.

i am excited about the book tho! :D

I was really hoping it would be non-fiction and not another episode of Scandal. :lol:

I thought my Stanford team had that championship in the bag, could have been 3 in a row and later 6 in a row. Somehow I thought Lauren Barnikow was going to make a comeback, but she seemed to be caught in the moment of a learning experience or the other word for that. ;)

It would have been more interesting if she included collaboration with players from other teams, so that it didn't appear to be something that was happening in Gatorville. :lol:

Embittered
Apr 5th, 2014, 05:19 PM
http://www.smumustangs.com/sports/w-tennis/recaps/040414aad.html

SMU then won all six singles matches with Elliott and Bulgakova’s coming in straight sets, while the Mustangs won the other four by default.

WTH?

Texas State's side of the story is yet to be published.