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Old May 21st, 2008, 01:55 AM   #46
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Re: NCAA Championship predictions

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The sad part for both teams is next year is definitely a rebuilding year and either will have a tough time making quarters/semis of NCAAs. Schnack and Remynse will go from playing No. 3/4 to most likely No. 1/2. I imagine Nina Pantic will put in the No. 3 spot followed by Joelson at No. 4, and incoming freshman Alexandria Walters at No. 5.

Cal is lucky it picked up Cossou this year as she will play No. 1 next year and has at least shown she can handle the top spot. I'm predicting No. 2 singles will go to freshman Mari Andersson followed by red shirt senior Marion Ravelojaona at No. 3. I think she'll keep Ilcinkas at No. 4 (or possibly swap her with Marion). Bobusic will move to No. 5 and incoming freshman Stephany Chang at No. 6.

That being said the Pac-10 won't be as strong as it has been in years past. Stanford had it's transition period this year although they will have a very young team next year (four returning starters but they're starting six will be 2 freshman, 2 sophomores, 1 junior, and 1 senior). It's USC's opportunity to take the Pac-10 reigns next year. They better hope the sophomore slump is not a new tradition (ie Fink and Fansler's sophomore slump) that Sanchez and Entekhabi pick up.
USC really should've won the pac-10 last year when they had Nelson, fansler, Fink, Diane Matias, AncaAnastasiu and Judy Devera. That was a really good team but of course they couldn't manage to beat stanford, ucla, and even lost to a very mediocre miami team at 1-3 singles.
Next year, i def see ucla/cal slipping. But i don't see usc taking the helms. The USC coach just isn't very good at developing players and improving their weaknesses. They keep the same game after 4 years and they most definitely don't play TOGETHER. stanford will probably gain their place again given they lose only durkin/deason/hodjic, all pretty noncontributory to success.
Congrats to UCLA
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Old May 24th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #47
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Overruled on a match point

Lumpkin nearly put the Bruins ahead 3-0 in the match just moments later at court No. 5, however she was overruled on a match point in the second set when she called Kusano's serve out. Kusano would end up rallying to take the set 7-5 and send it to a third.- from UCLA website

Talk about the worst time to get cheated, at match point. I'm glad to see the umpire overruled and justice was served with Kusano at least winning the set.

Congrats to Riza Zalameda who was named ITA National Senior Player of the Year. Keri Phebus is the only other UCLA player to earn the award, winning it in 1996.
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