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gurl why dont u just condense it to the dual match thread? it doesn't say "sec" or "ACC" or whatever. makes it easier.
 

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Looks like a rebuilding year...


No. 22 UCLA Falls to No. 15 Pepperdine
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The 22nd-ranked UCLA women’s tennis team fell to No. 15 Pepperdine, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Despite the loss, the Bruins registered a big win in doubles as Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips downed the No. 3 pair in the nation.

In doubles play, Harrison and McPhillips took down third-ranked Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox, 6-2, on court 1 shortly after Terri Fleming and Kelly Shaffer fell to the 21st-ranked pair of Stefani and Runglerdkriangkrai on court 2. A battle for the doubles point ensued on court 3. Kristin Wiley and Alaina Miller took the match down to the wire, but were unable to overcome 57th-ranked Gulbe and Milovanovic. The Waves took an early 1-0 lead.

In singles, Pepperdine quickly extended the lead with wins on courts 6, 3, and 5, to take the match 4-0. Cutura added another point for the Waves on court 4 as she defeated Wiley in straights. McPhillips finally put the Bruins on the board when she took down Gulbe on court 2 in a third set tiebreaker. Last to finish, Harrison went head to head with sixth-ranked Stefani on court 1. Harrison and Stefani traded sets to force a third. Despite a back-and-forth battle, Harrison fell in the tiebreaker, 10-8.

Next up, the Bruins host a doubleheader with the men’s team on Saturday, Feb. 20. The men square off with UC Irvine at 10 a.m. PT, followed by the women’s match against California at 1 p.m. PT.
 

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UCLA should not ever have a rebuilding year. They can just about recruit anyone they want!
The current sophomore class is really hurting UCLA (Fleming, Wiley, Magill). They were all blue chips but none of them have really been great. I was hoping Terri Fleming would be, but so far it hasn't been the case. In addition, with Brady leaving early and Hibi turning pro, that left a lot of holes which have never been filled unfortunately.

Next year won't be a great year for UCLA either with their two best players currently leaving (Cat and Kyle) and with two good recruits coming in (Shibahara and Hart). They'll need more out of the sophomore class, or hopefully get another solid recruit, a transfer, or even an international player.
 

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#13 Stanford defeated #28 Fresno State 7-0 this afternoon....

Third Shutout of Season
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics
Release: 02/19/2016


STANFORD, Calif. - No. 13 Stanford collected its third shutout of the season, blanking No. 28 Fresno State 7-0 on Friday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (4-2), which will play all four of its February matches at home, quickly secured the doubles point following a 6-4 victory at the top spot of the lineup from Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle.

Krista Hardebeck cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot, extending Stanford’s lead to 2-0. The Cardinal, which improved to 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (5-4), moved one step closer to clinching when Doyle breezed to a 6-3, 6-3 triumph on court two.

Melissa Lord made it official with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position, signaling the third time she has clinched a match this season.

Davidson beat Mayar Sherif Ahmed 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot in a rematch of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships final, which ended in a three-set victory for Davidson.

Caroline Lampl then won her seventh straight match and 10th overall with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6) victory at the No. 4 spot.

Kimberly Yee rounded out the scoring with a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) win on court six.

Stanford next hosts Florida on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.

No. 13 Stanford 7, No. 28 Fresno State 0

DOUBLES
1) No. 5 Davidson/Doyle (STAN) d. No. 18 Mayar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-4
2) Lord/Yee (STAN) led Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) 5-3
3) Hardebeck/Lampl (STAN) d. Malysheva/Olivia Noble (FS) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1

SINGLES
1) No. 30 Taylor Davidson (STAN) d. No. 26 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (FS) 7-5, 6-3
2) No. 60 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. Sophie Watts (FS) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 66 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-0, 6-2
4) Caroline Lampl (STAN) d. Galina Bykova (FS) 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6)
5) Melissa Lord (STAN) d. Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-4, 6-4
6) Kimberly Yee (STAN) d. Emma Wilson (FS) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 5, 1, 4, 6
 

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#13 Stanford defeated #28 Fresno State 7-0 this afternoon....

Third Shutout of Season
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics
Release: 02/19/2016


STANFORD, Calif. - No. 13 Stanford collected its third shutout of the season, blanking No. 28 Fresno State 7-0 on Friday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (4-2), which will play all four of its February matches at home, quickly secured the doubles point following a 6-4 victory at the top spot of the lineup from Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle.

Krista Hardebeck cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot, extending Stanford’s lead to 2-0. The Cardinal, which improved to 18-0 all-time against the Bulldogs (5-4), moved one step closer to clinching when Doyle breezed to a 6-3, 6-3 triumph on court two.

Melissa Lord made it official with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position, signaling the third time she has clinched a match this season.

Davidson beat Mayar Sherif Ahmed 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot in a rematch of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships final, which ended in a three-set victory for Davidson.

Caroline Lampl then won her seventh straight match and 10th overall with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6) victory at the No. 4 spot.

Kimberly Yee rounded out the scoring with a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11) win on court six.

Stanford next hosts Florida on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m.

No. 13 Stanford 7, No. 28 Fresno State 0

DOUBLES
1) No. 5 Davidson/Doyle (STAN) d. No. 18 Mayar Sherif Ahmed/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-4
2) Lord/Yee (STAN) led Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) 5-3
3) Hardebeck/Lampl (STAN) d. Malysheva/Olivia Noble (FS) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1

SINGLES
1) No. 30 Taylor Davidson (STAN) d. No. 26 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (FS) 7-5, 6-3
2) No. 60 Caroline Doyle (STAN) d. Sophie Watts (FS) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 66 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-0, 6-2
4) Caroline Lampl (STAN) d. Galina Bykova (FS) 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-6)
5) Melissa Lord (STAN) d. Sofya Malysheva (FS) 6-4, 6-4
6) Kimberly Yee (STAN) d. Emma Wilson (FS) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 5, 1, 4, 6
I like those 3 set wins at #4 and #6.

I don't think they're quite ready for Florida, yet but I see it as an honorable loss :grin2:
 

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Cal defeated UCLA 5-2 today. UCLA basically needs wins from doubles, #1 singles, #2 singles, and another singles to win. That's going to be tough to get in most matches against the top teams. They got 2 of the 4 today and were close in #1 and #2, but that was going to be tough against Cal's top 2.

#1 California 5, #22 UCLA 2
Feb 20, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. #2 Manasse/Starr (CAL) 6-3
2. Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) def. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) 6-0
3. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) def. Chi/Lin (CAL) 6-2
Singles competition
1. #13 Maegan Manasse (CAL) def. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. #5 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 6-1, 7-5
4. #121 Denise Starr (CAL) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
5. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. #102 Olivia Hauger (CAL) 6-1, 7-5
6. Karla Popovic (CAL) def. Laura Luca (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
Match Notes
California 8-0; National ranking #1
UCLA 5-3; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1)
 

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Cal defeated UCLA 5-2 today. UCLA basically needs wins from doubles, #1 singles, #2 singles, and another singles to win. That's going to be tough to get in most matches against the top teams. They got 2 of the 4 today and were close in #1 and #2, but that was going to be tough against Cal's top 2.

#1 California 5, #22 UCLA 2
Feb 20, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. #2 Manasse/Starr (CAL) 6-3
2. Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) def. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) 6-0
3. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) def. Chi/Lin (CAL) 6-2
Singles competition
1. #13 Maegan Manasse (CAL) def. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. #5 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 6-1, 7-5
4. #121 Denise Starr (CAL) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
5. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. #102 Olivia Hauger (CAL) 6-1, 7-5
6. Karla Popovic (CAL) def. Laura Luca (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
Match Notes
California 8-0; National ranking #1
UCLA 5-3; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1)

Good win for Fleming, as Hauger has been hot. I don't know anything about Fleming's game--what is it about her game that gives an opponent trouble?
 

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Good win for Fleming, as Hauger has been hot. I don't know anything about Fleming's game--what is it about her game that gives an opponent trouble?
I would say her variety. She mixes it up with power, slices, and drop shots. However, her backhand is weak in my opinion. She also does better when she plays aggressive tennis.
 

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No, she lacks the power in my opinion. I don't know why but she sort of reminds me of Chanelle in a way.
I disagree. Of the 3 freshmen, I think she has a huge upside. LOVE LOVE LOVE that forehand of hers.

Of course having said that, she does seem to play on the defensive a lot, slicing both her forehand and backhand.

On the other hand, since I try to take photos of all the players, I normally don't watch one particular match for any length of time, so I could be all wrong on all counts.
 

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Cal defeated UCLA 5-2 today. UCLA basically needs wins from doubles, #1 singles, #2 singles, and another singles to win. That's going to be tough to get in most matches against the top teams. They got 2 of the 4 today and were close in #1 and #2, but that was going to be tough against Cal's top 2.

#1 California 5, #22 UCLA 2
Feb 20, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. #2 Manasse/Starr (CAL) 6-3
2. Fabikova/Hauger (CAL) def. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) 6-0
3. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) def. Chi/Lin (CAL) 6-2
Singles competition
1. #13 Maegan Manasse (CAL) def. #18 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. #5 Klara Fabikova (CAL) def. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Lynn Chi (CAL) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) 6-1, 7-5
4. #121 Denise Starr (CAL) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) 6-1, 6-0
5. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. #102 Olivia Hauger (CAL) 6-1, 7-5
6. Karla Popovic (CAL) def. Laura Luca (UCLA) 6-0, 6-0
Match Notes
California 8-0; National ranking #1
UCLA 5-3; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1)

I attended this match, and here are a few observations, in case anyone is interested:

1) I showed up after the #2 and #3 doubles matches were already over and the pivotal #1 match was tied 3-all. While Harrison/McPhillips certainly did well to upset #2-ranked Manasse/Starr, the victory was somewhat handed to them by Starr's play (at least during those final 3 games). In the 3 games I saw, Starr committed at least 6 or 7 unforced errors. She volleyed several balls into the middle of the net and buried a couple of overheads there as well. Granted, she was on the sunny side of the court for two of those games, but it wasn't a particularly brutal day out there. To her credit, Manasse stayed positive and encouraged Starr, but Starr was a mess, so much so that I thought maybe her play would carry over into singles, giving UCLA a point at #4. To her credit, Starr shook it off and dominated Wiley 1 and 0 in singles.

2) Both Harrison (court #1) and Miller (court #3) play with two hands off both wings, so it was incredibly odd to see the two of them book-ending the front courts. I had flashbacks to the golden era of Seles, one of my favorite players. In the first set on #1, when presented with a short ball, Harrison generated some Seles-like angled winners out of nowhere, ones that Manasse wasn't even close to and could only helplessly watch go by.

3) While the #1 and #2 matches both went 3 sets, with UCLA winning the 1st sets of both, I wouldn't say that the matches were much in doubt, at least after halfway through the 2nd sets. During the 1st set on #1, Harrison's game plan was to clearly mix things up against Manasse, throwing in loopy, topspin shots, not going for outright winners, but rather focusing on getting the ball back and throwing Manasse off with off-speed shots, tossing in random drop shots, etc... And it worked brilliantly, as Manasse had to scramble around the court, and made a TON of unforced errors by trying to hit through Harrison, sending balls either well long or way wide. Manasse's timing was clearly off during the 1st set as well, which obviously didn't help, and, as mentioned above, when she tried taking a bit off her shots to keep the ball in, Harrison would pounce on any short balls and come up with an incredibly-angled shot that Manasse wasn't anywhere near. Manasse clearly started to find her range a bit in the 2nd set, but Harrison also inexplicably abandoned her 1st-set strategy and tried to go toe-to-toe with Manasse's power, which clearly played to Manasse's strength. I still don't understand why Harrison abandoned her initial strategy because it was working incredibly effectively, and it didn't appear that she was expending an undue amount of energy playing somewhat defensively, so, in my opinion, she could have--and should have--kept it up. As soon as she switched to full-on hitting, though, she could stay with Manasse for a few shots, but then Manasse would usually get the better of her. Harrison didn't revert back to her prior strategy (except on rare occasions), and started getting incredibly upset at herself, screaming in frustration several times.

4) The 1st set on #2 was very similar to #1, in that McPhillips played with a lot of variety in her game, which completely threw Fabikova off. I haven't seen Fabikova play before, but she clearly likes pace and hitting with power, and McPhillips' off-pace, varied shots were frustrating the hell out of Fabikova, as her timing was a bit off and she clearly couldn't find her range (but also didn't appear to have any gear other than 1st...so she was spraying balls long and wide frequently in the 1st). Thankfully for her, she righted herself midway through the 2nd set and then ran away with it in the 3rd. Once Fabikova found her range, McPhillips didn't stand a chance.

5) The one bright spot for UCLA was Fleming. While I only saw a couple of points of that match, I note that she was down 2-4 in the 2nd set, clawed her way to a 5-4 lead, and then was broken on her own serve, after failing to convert a match point. She was no doubt helped by the crowd that was forming on the ledge up above her (including Stella's obnoxious husband), but to her full credit, she broke Hauger at, I believe, love, and then won a tense final game to score UCLA's lone singles victory.

6) I know that Chi has been a focus of others on these boards in the past, so I'll throw in a quick comment about what I saw of her match. When Chi was "on", she was great, but Miller has a very odd game (even apart from her two-hands approach from both sides), and it clearly threw Chi during certain points and/or stretches of the match. Chi was up a break late in the 2nd and couldn't close it out, allowing Miller to get back to 5-all, before buckling down to break Miller and hold her own serve. That 2nd set shouldn't have been as close as it ended up being, but to her credit, Chi got the job done in the end. I suspect that the crowd may have played a part, as there were some pretty obnoxious folks in the stands trying to get "Lainey" into that 2nd set.

7) Lastly, UCLA has zero hope of winning at #6 against teams of any depth. As noted by someone else, this is clearly a rebuilding year for UCLA, as based on her profile on UCLA's website, Luca was plucked from the "UCLA Club Tennis Competitive Team" (what I assume is the intramural club) to play at #6. This reminds me a lot of what Stanford went through with Dillon a couple years back.
 
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