Stanford Women Tennis

There's been a 3 year drought of not winning a NCAA championship.
Angelica Blake, a senior may be the first Stanford player to go 4 years and not win a Natty. Fact check me...
The match with Pepperdine would have been interesting so too bad it was rained out.
In a few weeks, the Cards play the Longhorns, which should be a good match.
 

Sureshot

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There's been a 3 year drought of not winning a NCAA championship.
Angelica Blake, a senior may be the first Stanford player to go 4 years and not win a Natty. Fact check me...
The match with Pepperdine would have been interesting so too bad it was rained out.
In a few weeks, the Cards play the Longhorns, which should be a good match.
Last year the Card beat the Longhorns with Ma handing Stearns a loss. Stearns turned the tables on Ma beating her for the NCAA singles championship. This year Texas is without Stearns and Kylie Collins who transferred to LSU while Stanford has the same crew + Blokhina. Nothing is guaranteed but they look better on paper. Gotta play it out though
 

dannythomas

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Glad there’s now a thread for this. With 5 ranked players in today‘s rankings, - Ma #3, Blake# 31 , Yepifanova #41, Blokhina #56 and Xu #88 as well as the reliable Choy the line up is definitely the strongest it has been for 4 years. A bit worried that the doubles points may be hard to win against the top teams although Blake and Blokhina as the new top pairing played some good stuff in the rained out Pepperdine match. And again outside the first choice 1-6 the back up options are not too many. But they have a chance if they stay injury free.
 

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Glad there’s now a thread for this. With 5 ranked players in today‘s rankings, - Ma #3, Blake# 31 , Yepifanova #41, Blokhina #56 and Xu #88 as well as the reliable Choy the line up is definitely the strongest it has been for 4 years. A bit worried that the doubles points may be hard to win against the top teams although Blake and Blokhina as the new top pairing played some good stuff in the rained out Pepperdine match. And again outside the first choice 1-6 the back up options are not too many. But they have a chance if they stay injury free.
Stanford tennis tends not to carry large rosters be it women or men. Perhaps it has to do with scholarships or limits imposed by admissions. So while those playing tend to be of high caliber, there’s a sharp decline beyond that. This is unlike UNC, Ohio State, Baylor etc where very good players warm the bench
 

ashicks

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Ga. freshman, Alexander Vecic, last October reached the final of Florence 25k ITF where she lost to Stearns 7-5 in the 3rd. Vecic is currently listed on Ga.’s roster and media guide, but hasn’t been in any of the dual match line ups. She played qualifying draw at Rome ITF recently. Does anyone know why Ga isn’t playing her?
 

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Ga. freshman, Alexander Vecic, last October reached the final of Florence 25k ITF where she lost to Stearns 7-5 in the 3rd. Vecic is currently listed on Ga.’s roster and media guide, but hasn’t been in any of the dual match line ups. She played qualifying draw at Rome ITF recently. Does anyone know why Ga isn’t playing her?
Is she eligible? Kind of like Pinnington Jones not playing for TCU?
 

ashicks

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Very good question. Ga.’s sports information dept and coaches have published no information regarding her eligibility.
 
Stanford tennis tends not to carry large rosters be it women or men. Perhaps it has to do with scholarships or limits imposed by admissions. So while those playing tend to be of high caliber, there’s a sharp decline beyond that. This is unlike UNC, Ohio State, Baylor etc where very good players warm the bench

I suspect this has something to do with financial aid packages being awarded in other schools, especially towards International students, whereas Stanford players that are not on scholarships are more likely to have parents, who are affluent, and less likely to qualify for financial aid, and less likely to be a blue chip recruit. Also, I think Lele is very particular about team chemistry, as oppose to stacking her roster with the very best players.
 

dannythomas

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Does that mean they will not stream complete matches like PlaySight , only jump from court to court ? Not good if so.
 

dannythomas

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It's been awhile since the Cards have that many ranked players.
We'll know after Indoors where this team stands.

‘Georgia has 4 ranked players so it could be tight, especially since Georgia has 4 modern indoor courts while Stanford
‘s first look indoors was when they arrived at Seattle in time for practice today. A weekend of practice at Broadway Bay Club could have been good preparation. Doubles could be key in this match up. Most of the singles match ups are difficult to predict, headlined by the battle of the Mas at number 1 , Lea v Connie.
 

Sureshot

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I could be wrong but I think Stanford has an indoor court somewhere on campus. So they could have squeezed in a few sessions prior to arriving in SEA. Agree Ma vs Ma will be the marquee matchup
 

dannythomas

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I could be wrong but I think Stanford has an indoor court somewhere on campus. So they could have squeezed in a few sessions prior to arriving in SEA. Agree Ma vs Ma will be the marquee matchup

Yes I think it’s hidden away somewhere within Taube. I don’t think it is the greatest court in the world, but it would have made sense to have practiced on it, hopefully they did.
 
Yes I think it’s hidden away somewhere within Taube. I don’t think it is the greatest court in the world, but it would have made sense to have practiced on it, hopefully they did.
As many matches that I've watched at Taube, never been to the indoor courts, as I heard it was underground somewhere and only used during rain.
 
‘Georgia has 4 ranked players so it could be tight, especially since Georgia has 4 modern indoor courts while Stanford
‘s first look indoors was when they arrived at Seattle in time for practice today. A weekend of practice at Broadway Bay Club could have been good preparation. Doubles could be key in this match up. Most of the singles match ups are difficult to predict, headlined by the battle of the Mas at number 1 , Lea v Connie.

Georgia may have the edge on doubles. Stanford has a young team and their chemistry will get stronger by May's Nationals, so I think they're the dark horse for the Indoors.
 

jmnk

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Is that a long drive for you? I use to live in Northern Washington, after living in the Bay Area.
you are new here so here's a friendly piece of advice. Do not engage in any discussions with Nostradamus. He does not play tennis, he does not know tennis, and he is not associated with Stanford in any way.
The proofs are plenty, one is right in this very short thread:
i am going to Seattle this weekend and next weekend for mens also
men do not play in Seattle.
 
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you are new here so here's a friendly piece of advice. Do not engage in any discussions with Nostradamus. He does not play tennis, he does not know tennis, and he is not associated with Stanford in any way.
The proofs are plenty, one is right in this very short thread:

mens do not play in Seattle.

lol...I don't watch men's tennis so I didn't catch that, but it's too early to say this current team can compete against Barte, Mal Burdette, Gibbs, Ahn, and Tan or any of the rosters with Amber Liu. I think my favorite is Mirv, Granville, Lastra, Lauren Kalvaria, and Keiko.
 

ashicks

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‘Georgia has 4 ranked players so it could be tight, especially since Georgia has 4 modern indoor courts while Stanford
‘s first look indoors was when they arrived at Seattle in time for practice today. A weekend of practice at Broadway Bay Club could have been good preparation. Doubles could be key in this match up. Most of the singles match ups are difficult to predict, headlined by the battle of the Mas at number 1 , Lea v Connie.
Georgia currently has no indoor courts. Their 4 court Lindsey Hopkins facility was torn down in order to build a 6 court indoor complex at the same location. The ITA Regional that Ga hosted was played outdoors.
 

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lol...I don't watch men's tennis so I didn't catch that, but it's too early to say this current team can compete against Barte, Mal Burdette, Gibbs, Ahn, and Tan or any of the rosters with Amber Liu. I think my favorite is Mirv, Granville, Lastra, Lauren Kalvaria, and Keiko.
The current squad is not championship caliber but they can have their moments. Ma is a special talent. Beat Stearns and went very close with Navarro last season. Her level’s amazing considering she’s on a pre-med track and didn’t play any competitive tennis last summer because she was presumably shadowing some doctor at a hospital! And this right after she made the final of the NCAA singles tournament
 

ashicks

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Georgia has a strong singles lineup, but has been struggling in doubles. The Dawgs lost the doubles point against Norte Dame, North Carolina and Ohio State. They put Lea Ma and Dasha Vidmanova (1 and 2 singles players) in the doubles lineup for the first time this season against the Buckeyes apparently to strengthen the doubles lineup. However, this tandem lost at line 3.
 

mikej

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you are new here so here's a friendly piece of advice. Do not engage in any discussions with Nostradamus. He does not play tennis, he does not know tennis, and he is not associated with Stanford in any way.
The proofs are plenty, one is right in

men do not play in Seattle.

lol, yeah no chance Feddie is attending, usual misinformation and lies, but adds a bit of humor to the forums
 

dannythomas

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Very disappointing for the Card. Losing the doubles point from a winning position was key. And then Connie Ma and Xu both lost the chances they had to win in straights and downhill from there. Good wins for Blake in singles and doubles and Choy in singles were not enough.
 

Sureshot

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Yes didn’t expect Ma to basically mail it in in the third set. Xu was a trooper. Expected more out of Yepifanova and Blokhina. Both lost in straights. Hopefully they win their consolation draw tomorrow
 
Yes didn’t expect Ma to basically mail it in in the third set. Xu was a trooper. Expected more out of Yepifanova and Blokhina. Both lost in straights. Hopefully they win their consolation draw tomorrow

Very disappointing lost, as I didn't expect Ma to surrender the 4th point...
 

ClarkC

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Stanford tennis tends not to carry large rosters be it women or men. Perhaps it has to do with scholarships or limits imposed by admissions. So while those playing tend to be of high caliber, there’s a sharp decline beyond that. This is unlike UNC, Ohio State, Baylor etc where very good players warm the bench
They have 8 full scholarships on the women's team, like everyone else.
 

dannythomas

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Yes didn’t expect Ma to basically mail it in in the third set. Xu was a trooper. Expected more out of Yepifanova and Blokhina. Both lost in straights. Hopefully they win their consolation draw tomorrow

I was very surprised with the Blokhina loss. Kowalski is steady but not a match she should lose . And not great for Yepifanova and Xu to lose their crucial doubles from 5-2 up.
 

dannythomas

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The Cracked Racquets coverage doesn’t compare to the PlaySight live streaming. Most of us just want to watch the matches of our choice not be moved from court to court every 3 minutes, sometimes with 2 matches and therefore 12 courts to cover. And sometimes 3 courts at the same time so that you can’t see any of them properly.
if they want to do a highlights show great but it just doesn’t work for live streaming.
 

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They have 8 full scholarships on the women's team, like everyone else.
I wasn’t clear. More to do with how the scholarships are divvied up. In other words are they all on full rides or are some of them on 50% scholarships which could then accommodate two good players. But the bigger constraint might be admissions as to how many athletes are allowed in. Just me speculating as I don’t know why neither the women nor the men have a deep bench
 

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I was very surprised with the Blokhina loss. Kowalski is steady but not a match she should lose . And not great for Yepifanova and Xu to lose their crucial doubles from 5-2 up.
Yes only explanation would be Blokhina’s not much of an indoor player. The doubles loss at line 2 was excruciating
 

ClarkC

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I wasn’t clear. More to do with how the scholarships are divvied up. In other words are they all on full rides or are some of them on 50% scholarships which could then accommodate two good players. But the bigger constraint might be admissions as to how many athletes are allowed in. Just me speculating as I don’t know why neither the women nor the men have a deep bench
There are no partial scholarships in women's tennis. 8 full rides. Stanford has been able to convince top notch recruits occasionally to pay their own way for a year before they get a full ride, which is unheard of at almost any other school. They have more than 8 players right now who could be on full ride at most schools, so someone is paying. More depth than anyone else in that sense.
 

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There are no partial scholarships in women's tennis. 8 full rides. Stanford has been able to convince top notch recruits occasionally to pay their own way for a year before they get a full ride, which is unheard of at almost any other school. They have more than 8 players right now who could be on full ride at most schools, so someone is paying. More depth than anyone else in that sense.
Interesting. Learned something today!
 

dannythomas

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There are no partial scholarships in women's tennis. 8 full rides. Stanford has been able to convince top notch recruits occasionally to pay their own way for a year before they get a full ride, which is unheard of at almost any other school. They have more than 8 players right now who could be on full ride at most schools, so someone is paying. More depth than anyone else in that sense.

Not sure about that. Apart from the 6 who played yesterday there is Geller ( long term injured ) and Houghton. Sun is a walk on Not sure that is strength in depth. And of course Choy is a graduate student.
 
There are no partial scholarships in women's tennis. 8 full rides. Stanford has been able to convince top notch recruits occasionally to pay their own way for a year before they get a full ride, which is unheard of at almost any other school. They have more than 8 players right now who could be on full ride at most schools, so someone is paying. More depth than anyone else in that sense.

I think you are referring to D1 only, as I heard D2 or D3 only provides only partial scholarships.
Do you know the reasoning why Stanford convinces their top notch recruits to pay their own way for a year? Is this just recently or how long has this been a practice?
 

dannythomas

Professional
Stanford v Duke was a great contest. Stanford fighting back from 0-3 with hard fought 3 set wins from Yepifanova, Blokhina and Blake. Xu going down in the decider, again in 3 sets. Doubles remains a big issue. Good performance from Blokhina and Blake in the unfinished #1 spot but again nothing lower down. Wouldn’t it be worth a shot to play Yepifanova and Ma together even if they played #3 ?
 

ClarkC

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Not sure about that. Apart from the 6 who played yesterday there is Geller ( long term injured ) and Houghton. Sun is a walk on Not sure that is strength in depth. And of course Choy is a graduate student.
You are confirming what I said. Sun was a blue chip recruit who walked on at Stanford instead of taking a full ride at many other Power 5 schools. The fact that Geller is injured changes nothing.

Several of the teams in the NTI right now only have 7 scholarship players, for various reasons. Stanford has 8 plus Sun walking on. Injuries are also common among other teams, too many to list right now.
 
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