Monday, November 15, 2010

China and Thailand

Brooke and I were chomping at the bit to play after 7 weeks without any competitions. We had been training hard and intense and it was immensely gratifying to see our work pay off in China. Not only did we do well, but we were playing the best we've played together yet. We won both our country quota matches and beat a tough young German team in the qualifier to make it to the main draw. It felt like Brooke and I had finally hit our stride as a team and I know individually my offense was improving and on its way to being more consistent and more beast-like! We beat another German team first round of the main draw and due to unfortunate seeding, we drew the one seed second round. The China 1 was solid and they played us well sending us to the losers bracket. From there, we handled a tricky Japanese team and a fiery Russian team. Next we drew the another American team Kessy/Ross. Approaching your eighth match of the tournament is not the ideal spot to draw this team. We had chances to win, however, and fought a tough battle, but unfortunately we didn't pull it out. It was a strong showing for us and puts us in a good position for points and seeding for next season. We lost in the country quota in Thailand, so in a way, this finish in China was our final finish for the season. It was nice to finish the season playing well. I think Brooke and I saw glimpses of the type of team we could become and we are both hungry to work hard this off-season.

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