After two straight horrendous weeks of work, I was looking forward to watching a great tennis rivalry, Stanford Card hosting the UCLA Bruins. My goal was not to take photos, but just to kick back, relax and watch some great tennis.
This was my first match of the year that I've been able to catch....sad, since there is only a couple more matches left. Anyway, it was my first look at some of the new freshmen, most notably Hilary Barte and Carolyn McVeigh. I think I have a new favorite Stanford player...Barte is just awesome!
Doubles No. 1) No. 9 Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) d. No. 17 Barte/Burdette (STAN) 8-3
I was really impressed w/ Riza Zalameda...she has a great combination of power and touch. Easily the stand out doubles player on the court.
Doubles No. 2) No. 59 Lumpkin/Wetmore(UCLA) d. Deason/Nguyen (STAN) 8-4
Note to be negative, but is Whit Deason really one of the top four Stanford doubles players? Seems that Durkin or even Hodzic would be more effective. Not that Deason isn't a good player, it just doesn't seem as though doubles is one of her strengths.
Doubles No. 3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Joelson/McGoodwin (UCLA) 9-7
The lone bright spot for the Card. Interesting how the box score from Stanford website has them winning this match 9-7, when I know they won in a tie-breaker.
There was a good turn out for the match and it was an unexpected surprise that there was no admission fee! One last note: THE best thing about college tennis - team spirit and enthusiasm. The best example of this was Jessica Nguyen, standing at the net in the middle of the game while waiting for Whitney Deason to serve, yells at the top of her lungs, "Lets Go Card!!"
Unfortunately, I was only able to catch the doubles b/c I had to go to work. After watching this match...now I want to try to catch the season finale vs Cal. The Card will be looking for revenge! Plus it will be Senior Day, celebrating the collegiate careers of Deason, Durkin and Hodzic.