And the winner is ...
This UC Davis tourney was a big success with a few new and exciting
players from new schools, and a dramatic Jose Diaz "Challenge
the Junior" exhibition. Eli Smukler made the trip from UCLA
to play in his first WCRC tourney and is a great contribution
to the WCRC in Southern California. Ismael Aldana and Sue Sublaban
are new from San Joaquin Delta College ... Ismael won the Men's
I and Sue captured the attention of many at the tournament by
making it to the Men's II finals, and finishing a strong second
place! Congratulations to Stephen Hibbs (Stanf) for winning Men's
The UC Santa Cruz team pulled off a surprise victory and won
the UC Davis tourney! UC Santa Cruz finished in 5th place overall
at the end of last year's season, finished no higher than 4th
place in any tournament last year, but started this season strong
with a 3rd place finish at Berkeley. This 1st place victory was
the result of the combination of Danielle Evans winning the Women's
drawn, Larry Pack winning Men's II, and a solid overall performance
by the rest of the team. Go Slugs!
A summary of the results for the Winter 2008 UC Davis WCRC
942 - UC Santa Cruz
877 - UC Davis
690 - CSU Sacramento
451 - UC Berkeley
436 - SJ Delta
263 - Stanford
80 - UCLA (Just
Dude ... Where's my trophy
Sac State, in their ... well deserved confidence in winning
so many tourneys, "forgot" to bring the trophy. So,
here's how the winning team's picture and trophy presentation
However, here's how UCSC imagined it would be to receive the
trophy for winning their first tournament!
THANK YOU Matt Hills (Stanford) for putting together the draws
and helping to run the tournament.
THANK YOU Michael Lordon (UC Davis) for coordinating the hosting
of this tournament with UC Davis. We could not secure having food
inside the ARC - we were supposed to use the outdoor tables -
but the positive attitude and persistence of Michael secured a
nice conference room for players to relax in and enjoy all the
Jose Diaz and Challenge
Fourteen year old Jose Diaz
was our very special guest, and he recently teamed up with
IRT Pro Javier Moreno to win the 2007 St. Jude Pro-Am Charity
Doubles Tournament. He accepted all challengers to beat
him in a game to 7 points, but to make things more interesting,
given to anyone who could score 1 point!
He lost only one game to 7, but the real drama was watching
how hard it was for people to score that 1 point - nearly
every shot was critical and kept everyone glued to the action.
Some people were able to score at least 1 point, but not
|Thank you Ektelon for bringing us Jose Diaz!
Sue was a wonderful personality around the tournament, and created
plenty of drama as she competed extremely well in Men's II by
making it all the way to the finals! While she can hit the ball
reasonably hard, it was her well rounded game, with no significant
weaknesses, and well placed shots that carried her past opponents.
Extracurricular ... Racquetball ???
Now, in my continued attempt to fully comprehend this extracurricular
my initial discovery),
I ventured into the "court" to accept, well, whatever
was going to come my way.
My initial assessment: It's like cattle avoiding the prod!
I made a rookie mistake, but was let off the hook by some Sac
State folks as the rules were clarified ... So, we're square on
the whole trophy thing.
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TO firstname.lastname@example.org and hills(at)tina.stanford.edu.
Bardos, Feb. 3, 2008