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Won all three doubles sets and the first 4 completed matches! Fight on!
Tommy, Rebel, and our newest rescue Harley!
Finished with a 6-1 scoreline! Great job!
What's the latest on the Gauntlet Trophy status?
I believe that gets it to 45 bRuins, 40 Trojans. Men's Tennis and Women's Water Polo still to go this week. If MTennis wins, they take 2.5 points of the bRuins and add them to SC. WWP wins then and SC is ahead 45-40!
Was watching. GREAT girls. Just wonderful human beings. And have worked very, very hard. Off to Ojai for singles and then NCAAs. Not just UCLA but secured a solo Pac-12 victory too. The last game had a SICK winner from Kaitlin too. Fight on, Trojan women.
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It's best to only score points that can't be taken away.
In that sense, it's 30-40, against us. USC has a victory in women's sand volleyball that I'm not counting as there is still a remote possibility there could be another matchup between the schools in post season. Men's tennis is today, as is women's water polo, but a while a win in both would make us 2-1 and 2-0 on the season respectively, both series would not be decided yet as there is still the possibility (and in men's tennis, a very high likelihood) of meeting both in the conference and national tournaments for both sports.
With the addition of sand volleyball, 60 points are needed to clinch, 57.5 would be a tie. Should we be at 45-40, as shown above, we'd still need another 15 to win. The most likely sources of those are from women's rowing (we're number 1, and have never lost to ucla) and women's golf (also number 1, has finished ahead of ucla in all but once match this year; note only the finish in the conference tournament counts for the gauntlet). The final five points could come from men's golf (hard to say; either could win), women's track and field (hard to evaluate), men's track and field (unlikely but possible), or winning the remaining 3 baseball games (very unlikely).
Should we not end up with all the points in men's tennis and women's water polo (currently 1-1 and 1-0, with 1 game for sure left in each, and as many as two post season games in each), winning becomes much harder. As it is, we're in a pretty precarious position. Don't be surprised if we don't win it this year. I still have faith that we win, but losing football and women's basketball hurt us a lot (though we stole back points in men's basketball and women's soccer, which helped cover a bit).
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Won water polo, lost tennis. Still have a chance.
Did men's tennis lose today?
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
According to Embowaf, yes.
They lost 4-3 today.
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but a usc player had to retire due to injury. still looking good for a natty
Don't call it a natty, but yes, we still have a good shot. We have to look at how we do in the pac-12 tournament, with another likely matchup against the bRuins.
The NCAA's may be easier as we'll likely end up only encountering ucla in the semifinals or finals, so there's a lot of chances for someone else to take them down. We should be able to handle georgia. And we seem to have virginia's number in the tournament. (The last 4 years, we've beaten virginia in the quarterfinal, semifinal, final, and final again; and 2, maybe 3 times they were the #1 seed coming in). That said, virginia is very good this year. And they've been waiting for their chance for four years. We can beat them on a good day, but the opposite is true as well. I think we've probably got a better shot in women's than we do in men's. We can beat north carolina, but I don't know how we'd far against florida (who's come alive recently; then again, so have we).
If you're looking for NCAA Championships, here's where we stand in the remaining sports:
Women's Golf: We're probably the front runners here, but let's wait for the end of Pac-12 to say for sure (after day 1 of three, we have a 10 stroke lead over second place ucla). Golf is a more open championship as there's a lot you have to do right and a ton of teams competing. That said, we've had a stellar record at the tournament recently. Other top contenders: alabama and duke.
Women's Rowing: We look to be the surprise favorites here, at least as of now. This is a tough tournament as well and we've never finished higher than 5th, I believe. However, our Varsity 8 is undefeated on the year, and has beaten #2 cal twice. Our 2nd Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 have won once and come in second once each. I'm not an expert on this sport by any means, but the championship format is thus. Around 20 teams compete. There are 3 scored races. Varisty 8, Second Varsity 8 (think of it like your B relay team or something) and Varsity 4. If I remember correctly, there are 3 heats, and the results of those heats determine which final you race in. Grand final is worth the most, there is also a second final and I believe a third final. I believe every boat in a final scores, but like in swimming, winning a lower final is still worth less than coming in last in the final above. Varsity 8 worth the most points. I believe 2V8 is worth half of V8, and V4 is worth half of that. As such, the winner of the V8 usually goes on to win as well, but you can't have poor performances in the other 2 races and expect to win. It looks like we have a very strong chance of placing all three of our boats into the top finals, which would be a first for us. A team with all three boats in the top finals has a strong advantage due to the above scoring. If we win the Grand Final for V8, we only should need mid level finishes from the other boats as long as the make the grand finals for their respective class. Again, not an expert so if anyone knows more or notices something I've got wrong let me know. Other top contenders: cal, viginia
Women's Water Polo: Stanford is likely the favorite as of now. The MPSF tournament this week looks to have us on a collision course with them in both conference and NCAA. We've met twice this year, the first time, about a month ago, we won 13-10. Just last week they won 6-4. Those are the only losses for both teams. We were both in the tournament game last year, which they won by a small but not minuscule margin. It was thought before the season that stanford would run away with this season (they have three or four members of the gold metal team from the olympics), but we've surprised by being competitive with them, as well as beating ucla both times we've played them. Other top contenders: stanford, outside chance of asu and very outside chance of ucla.
Men's Tennis: Just need to turn it on for the tournament (where we've constantly beaten expectations the past few years) and we have a very good shot. However, virginia will be the favorite. Other top contenders: virginia, ucla, georgia, ohio state
Women's Tennis: We've started to really come alive the last few weeks. If they women can get some momentum in the tournament, they have a good shot. Lost in the semifinal to ucla last year. Lost to current #1 north carolina 4-3 earlier in the year. However, florida, last years champion has also picked up steam recently. This looks to be a tight battle with no standout favorite. Other top contenders: florida, north carolina, and slightly less georgia and texas a&m
Men's Golf: I've followed this team a little less this year. The tournament is a little wonky. You play a normal golf tournament for a few days, and then there's a cuttoff. Then the top 8 teams are placed into a bracket and play single elimination match play to determine a champion. I don't really like that format for golf, but I haven't really followed it close enough to really know. We're a border top 10 team. Last year we were highly regarded and then missed the top 8 cutoff. Cal is the overwhelming favorite here. This one is a longer shot than the above 5 sports. But you never know. Top contenders: cal, alabama, and less so new mexico, washington, ucla, and texas
Men's & Women's Track and Field: I lump these together because they're in the same boat. Every year we have some stellar athletes. And every year, we get swapped in the dual meet against ucla, in the pac-12's, and in the NCAA's. And there's one very very clear reason (this effects the dual meet more than the other ones, but still has a strong effect). Scholarship rules. Yep, same problem as baseball and a few of our other sports, though I'm damn sure that tennis and water polo should have the same problem (but maybe they're way around it is that there are only a handful of schools you can go to and win consistently for those sports, whereas track & field and baseball are much more contested). But really, the main issue here is that we can have a handful of top athletes who will win events. But we have limited scholarships. Other schools can split scholarships as the cost of attendance is low, but we are limited by our tuition. As a result, we can win a race, and then ucla will place 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc, and still score more points. So, expect us to compete well, but not win. That said, we managed to strike gold once and win with the women in 2001. Maybe it can happen again.
Women's Lacrosse: We've done well for our first season. We're acutally around a .500 in conference. That said a championship is certainly off the tables for a few years at least.
Men's Volleyball: What a disappointing season (and wasted opportunity recently). Went from #1 and favorites, losing in the semi finals 2 years ago to #1 and losing the championship game last season, to not even qualifying for the MPSF tournament this year. We were a young and injured team, but still, the season is over, so absolutely no chance of anything.
Women's Sand Volleyball: Promising future, but can't beat the top few teams in the country this year. Also, there's no NCAA tournament yet, so there's no way to win. That said, we'll likely participate in the non-NCAA sponsored tournament at the end of the year, but it's a longshot to win it.
Why should I not call it a natty?
The dual meet with ucla is this weekend and Embowaf is right about the scholarship situation. The men won't win, but we'll have some great performances. The women have beaten the bruins 4 years in a row now and have a good shot to win this weekend, but this year I think their dual will be much closer.
All the minor sports really get hosed by the scholarships allowed by the NCAA. At the very least, baseball should have 9. Track, with 19 events should have at least that, but it should be more. NCAA doesn't know squat.
BTW, USC is hosting the PAC-12 Meet the year which is the following two weekends after the ucla meet.
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I don't know. The term irks me. I usually see oregon fans refer to the BCS Championship as the natty. It just feels lazy.
I think we have a chance in the men's dual meet. We won it in 09 and 10. It will just be hard. Winning it makes the gauntlet more manageable. In fact, if we win W Golf (looking good so far, need two more days of good), W Rowing (likely), and W Water Polo doesn't lose twice to ucla (and that would mean we'd have to meet in both tournaments, which is unlikely, and we'll know this week anyway), we need ten more points from the remaining sports (each is worth 5). M Track and Field, W Track and Field, M Golf, M Tennis, and Baseball. If we win both track, we won't have to worry about needing to meet up with ucla in both tennis tournaments, and beating them both times. Men's golf hasn't competed well against ucla this year, but then again, that was the case last year, but we still finished ahead in the Pac-12 tournament. Baseball would be a real challenge. We'd need to win all 3...
I'm very lazy and proud of it
Yes, I could be wrong. We give up 54pts before the meet even starts, but we're not going to roll over for the bruins. These meets always have surprises.
How do we give up 54 points? I've only been to one, and scoring for track eludes me.
I think we used to give up points before the meet since we didn't have any throwers on the team, but now we do so I'm not sure where the 54 comes from.
There's 9 points possible for each event and there are 6 events where we either have no one at all or athletes who cannot score because they're not fast enough. Scoring at a dual meet: 5pts - 1st; 3pts - 2nd; 1pt - 3rd. For the relays it's 5pts for the winner, none for 2nd.
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