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Tennis qualifier starts today
Valley players set to take part


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The Desert Sun
March 3, 2006 March 3, 2006

The Pacific Life Open gets off to an early start with a prequalifying tournament featuring two of the top high school players in the Coachella Valley.

Pam Montez, a freshman at La Quinta High School, will take on Coco Vandeweghe at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden at 3 p.m., today.

Montez is the top-ranked player in Mexico in the 14 age group.

Vandeweghe, who trains in the desert with Harry Fritz, is the granddaughter of former New York Knick Ernie Vandeweghe and niece of former UCLA star and Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe.

The winner will take on Palm Desert's Brittany Blalock at 1 p.m., Saturday. Blalock is the three-time Desert Valley League singles champion who has signed to play at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo next season.

The winner of that match will earn a wildcard into the Pacific Life Open women's qualifying, which begins Monday. Players need to win two matches in qualifying to reach the main draw, which begins Wednesday.
 

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Where is thes qualifying draw??
 

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Montez outduels Blalock in pre-qualifying for Pacific Life Open

The Desert Sun
March 5, 2006 March 5, 2006

INDIAN WELLS - By simply switching the sides to which she was hitting the ball, 15-year-old La Quinta High School freshman Pam Montez was able to turn a match into her favor in a big way and earn a spot in her first professional tournament.

Montez, the third-ranked junior in Southern California girls 16 age group and No. 1 in Mexico, rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 11 consecutive games to defeat Palm Desert High senior Brittany Blalock 6-4, 6-0 on Saturday in the finals of a pre-qualifying tournament for the Pacific Life Open.

Montez earns a wild card berth into the qualifying tournament Monday. Her opponent and schedule will be announced today.

The game plan coming in was for Montez to hit to Blalock's backhand, which backfired as Blalock was able to control the points and dominate the match early. So Montez began to hit to Blalock's forehand side, and took control of the match.
 

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Qualifying draw is not again available? :(
 

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i dont think so...i cant find it
 
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