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Old Mar 25th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #136
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/24/10

#75 San Diego upsets #41 Marshall 5-2

#47 Boise St. def. Oregon 7-0



#59 UNLV def. #72 San Diego St. 4-3

1. #71 Julia Trunk (SDSU) def. #31 Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) 0-6, 7-5, 7-5
2. #80 Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) def. #103 Jana Albers (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2
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Old Mar 26th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #137
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/25/10

#36 Long Beach St. def. Washington St. 6-1

1. Jaklin Alawi (LBSU) def. #75 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) 3-6, 6-4, 10-3

- Another ranked win by Alawi.
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Old Mar 27th, 2010, 03:38 AM   #138
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/26/10

Nevada upsets #41 Marshall 5-2

#59 UNLV def. #70 UCI 5-2

#53 Sac. St. def. Fresno St. 5-2

TCU def. Wichita St. 4-3

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Old Mar 28th, 2010, 03:31 AM   #139
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/27/10

#75 San Diego def. Nevada 5-2

#3 Notre Dame def. TCU 7-0

- Interesting that with TCU missing Kayla Duncan they defaulted #6 singles instead of using Salini Sahoo who must be ineligible.


UC Santa Barbara def. LMU 6-1

Jill Damion def. Elisaveta Pironkova 6-2,6-4

- Jill Damion will make the outcome of the Long Beach St. at UCSB match more interesting.

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Old Mar 28th, 2010, 06:06 PM   #140
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/28/10

Some objective analysis on 2 matches.

- UCSB's team of Natalia Lozano & Jordan Dockendorf which had played #1 doubles the last 16 matches was dropped to #2 doubles against weak LMU. This drop IMHO is a calculated move geared for a better chance of beating CSUN & Long Beach St. UCSB also has one of their best doubles players Jill Damion playing #3 doubles.

- UCSB has Jill Damion playing #4 singles to match up against one of the biggest strengths of both CSUN & LBS. Jordan Dockendorf who had been playing #3 singles was dropped to #5 singles vs weak LMU. Again gearing up for CSUN & LBS.

- Annabel Gledden which has been one of UCSB's most reliable players has been moved from #4 to #3 singles. CSUN's #3 has lost 4 in a row. And IMHO Gledden has a better chance to upset LBS's #3 Deborah Armstrong than #4 Rachel Manasse.

- Looks to me like UCSB is solidifying #2 & #3 doubles and banking on #3, #5 & #6 singles against both CSUN & LBS.


#47 Boise St. def. #70 UCI 6-1

- With UCI's #1 Stephanie Hammel out UCI's best chance to beat a ranked team is to sweep #2, #3, #4, & #5 singles.

- UNLV's #2 thru #5 singles is much better than Boise St.'s 2-5 singles. With UNLV being especially tough at #2 & #3 singles UCI has little to no chance of beating UNLV without Hammel. But UCI has a 50% chance of beating Boise St. even without Hammel based on Boise St.'s softer 2-5 singles. The strength of BS lies in doubles, #1 & #6 singles.

- Since April Bisharat retired vs New Mexico St. the most important thing for UCI in my mind was to have Bisharat playing #1 vs Boise St. at any cost. This should have been the priority even if it meant sitting Bisharat out vs UNLV, which looked like a lost cause anyway for UCI.

- In my humble opinion UCI needed to go "all in" vs Boise St. even if it meant folding against UNLV. Instead the UCI coaching staff gambled big time & lost by playing Bisharat against UNLV at the risk of her retiring vs UNLV and being out against the more winnable Boise St. That's exactly what happened.

- A bird in hand is better than 2 in the bush comes to mind. Although it might have been just bad luck that Bisharat had to retire against UNLV and miss Boise St. it was certainly preventable by treating Boise St. as a "must win" and saving Bisharat for them.
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

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You may think Armstrong is weaker than Manasse... but Armstrong is 10-1 (I believe) since moving down to # 3... and I think you would agree she likely sees tougher opposition every match than a player does at # 4.... assuming not everbody stacks.
Rachel Manasse has gone 14-1 at #4 singles with all her wins in straight sets. If Armstrong vs Manasse is a pick your poison for UCSB I would pick Armstrong based on her going to 3 sets 6 times since dropping from #1 singles including going 3 sets against CS Fullerton and UC Riverside.
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

What is wrong with April..hadn't played in a while and retied...and why wont she play doubles..Just curious
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Old Mar 30th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #143
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/29/10

UC Santa Barbara def. CS Northridge 6-1

#27 SMU def. #60 St. Mary's 7-0


#59 UNLV upsets #47 Boise St. 4-3

- UNLV wins #3-5 singles.
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Old Apr 1st, 2010, 06:52 AM   #144
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

3/31/10

#55 Cal Poly at #54 Pepperdine = postponed til Wed. 4/7

UC Davis leads Montana 3-2 = to finish Thurs. 4/1

#49 Utah upsets #29 UNLV 4-3 indoors
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

4/1/10

#61 St. Mary's def. #64 UCI 5-2

UC Davis def. Montana 7-0

BYU upsets #74 San Diego St. 5-2
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

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Courtney Byron (UCI) def. Alex Poorta (SMC)
6-4, 0-6, 6-4

Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Claire Soper (SMC) Huh, Smith still doing well at #4..
6-0, 2-6, 6-2
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 01:24 AM   #147
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

Maybe the losses by Blalock and Matzenauer will also keep them from surpassing Hammel in the next singles ranking.

No surprise that whenever Cal Poly has a big match they disappoint like their 1st round of the last 2 Big West Tournaments

Another team that had a huge opportunity to really lift up the conference but disappointed was CSUN. They lost to #49 Dartmouth and today lost to #53 Arizona.
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

4/2/10

#38 LBS def. #55 Cal Poly 5-2

- Long Beach St. locks up an NCAA at-large with the win over Cal Poly.


#53 Arizona def. Cal St. Northridge 5-2

- To think how good CSUN would have been if Evgeniya Vertesheva were playing #1 for the matadors this season instead of 2 singles at #44 Indiana.


#29 UNLV def. BYU 4-3

#46 Nebraska def. Iowa St. 6-1

#65 Nevada def. New Mexico St. 4-0

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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

4/5/10

#61 St. Mary's upsets #54 Pepperdine 4-3

#45 Boise St. def. #65 Nevada 7-0


#49 Utah def. #74 San Diego St. 5-2

- #50 Julia Trunk and #78 Alicia Aguilar both of San Diego St. sure picked a big match to stink it up against Utah's unranked players.
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Re: Big West - 2010 key matches

4/9/10

#54 Pepperdine def. #58 Cal Poly 6-1


#45 Nebraska def. Texas Tech 4-3

- Nebraska drops #74 Weatherholt down to #2 singles again.


San Diego St. upsets #73 TCU 4-3

#72 UCI upsets #64 San Diego 6-1

- Long Beach St.'s NCAA at-large stays a lock!
Against St. Mary's and Pepperdine, Long Beach St. will now be playing for a top 30 ranking and #2 seed.

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