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Stats Wrap: Newport Beach Shootout Gold Medal Match

Newport Beach Shootout, Newport Beach, California, April 22, 2023.

***STATS BREAKDOWN***

MIXED DOUBLES FINAL: Jorja and J.W. Johnson defeated Lacy Schneemann and Tyson McGuffin, 11-9, 11-7 (two-out-of-three)

MATCH NOTES:

  • Match on CBS. Best two-out-of-three games to fit in the time slot.
  • First PPA title for Jorja Johnson.
  • Second PPA silver for Schneemann. The other was in women’s doubles at the Florida Open.

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RALLIES:

920 shots.

98 rallies.

9.4 shots per rally.

49 rallies per game.

64/98 rallies were 9 shots or less. (65%)

34/98 rallies were 10 shots or more. (35%)

Shortest: 1 shot (3), 2 shots (6), 3 shots (9), 4 shots (7).

25% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 31, 30, 28.

(2 rallies were 30 shots or more. 11 were 20+.)

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THIRD SHOTS:

Schneemann: 4 drops, 4 drives. (50% drops)

McGuffin: 20 drops, 15 drives. (57% drops)

Schneemann/McGuffin: 24 drops, 19 drives. (55% drops)

Jorja Johnson: 21 drops, 5 drives. (80% drops)

JW Johnson: 10 drops, 10 drives (50% drops)

Johnson/Johnson: 31 drops, 15 drives. (67% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 55 drops, 34 drives (61% drops)

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***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Schneemann: (5). 2 returns-net, 2 third shot drives-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

McGuffin: (5). 1 serve-long, 1 return-net, 3 third shot drives-net.

Jorja Johnson: (6). 1 serve-long, 1 return-long, 1 return-wide, 1 return-net, 1 third shot drive-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

JW Johnson: (1), 1 serve-net.

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***Third Shots Kept In Play***

Schneemann: 5/8 = 62%

McGuffin: 32/35 = 91%

Jorja Johnson: 24/26 = 92%

JW Johnson: 20/20 = 100%

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SPEED-UPS:

I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Schneemann: initiated and won 3, initiated and lost 1.

McGuffin: initiated and won 5, initiated and lost 4.

Schneemann/McGuffin: initiated and won 8, initiated and lost 5. (61% success)

Jorja Johnson: initiated and won 6, initiated and lost 5.

JW Johnson: initiated and won 4, initiated and lost 5.

Johnson/Johnson: initiated and won 10, initiated and lost 10. (50% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 18 and lost 15, for a 54% success rate.

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DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Schneemann: 4

McGuffin: 0

Jorja Johnson: 3

JW Johnson: 0

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RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 17.

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GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 24% of the rallies.

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CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Schneemann: 0

McGuffin: 5

Jorja Johnson: 0

JW Johnson: 9

(14% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Schneemann: 1 ATP.

McGuffin: 1 Erne.

Jorja Johnson: none.

JW Johnson: 1 ATP defended, 1 Erne defended.

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OFFENSIVE LOBS: none.

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VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Schneemann: 5

McGuffin: 5

Jorja Johnson: 10

JW Johnson: 1

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GAME POINTS:

Schneemann/McGuffin: none.

Johnson/Johnson: Won 2 out of 6.

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TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Schneemann/McGuffin: Won 2, Lost 2.

Johnson/Johnson: none.

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DVR ALERT:

  • Game One, 0-0-1: ATP, ATP defended, JW Johnson winner.
  • Game One, 4-5-2: Match-high 31-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 5-3-1, wild firefight.

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MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Dylan Frazier and JW Johnson defeated Riley Newman and Matt Wright, 12-10, 11-8, 12-10.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • Second gold medal this year for Frazier/Johnson.
  • Newman and Wright were serving in Game Three at 10-6-1 and 10-6-2.

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RALLIES:

1,520 shots.

165 rallies.

9.2 shots per rally.

55 rallies per game.

110/165 rallies were 9 shots or less. (66%)

55/165 rallies were 10 shots or more. (33%)

Shortest: 1 shot (0), 2 shots (1), 3 shots (17), 4 shots (16).

(20% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 34, 30, 29.

(2 rallies were 30 shots or more. 11 were 20+.)

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THIRD SHOTS:

Frazier: 2 drops, 15 drives. (11% drops)

Johnson: 34 drops, 34 drives. (50% drops)

Frazier/Johnson: 36 drops, 49 drives. (42% drops)

Wright: 17 drops, 15 drives. (53% drops)

Newman: 39 drops, 8 drives (82% drops)

Wright/Newman: 56 drops, 23 drives. (70% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 92 drops, 72 drives (56% drops)

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***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Frazier: (3). 1 return-long, 1 third shot drive-net, 1 third shot drop-net.

Johnson: (6). 3 third shot drops-net, 3 third shot drives-net, 1 third shot drive-long.

Wright: (4). 3 third shot drops-net, 1 third shot drive-long.

Newman: (4). 3 third shot drops-net, 1 third shot drive-net.

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***Third Shots Kept In Play***

Frazier: 15/17 = 88%

Johnson: 62/68 = 91%

Wright: 28/32 = 87%

Newman: 43/47 = 91%

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SPEED-UPS:
I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Frazier: initiated and won 6, initiated and lost 4.

Johnson: initiated and won 11, initiated and lost 7.

Frazier/Johnson: initiated and won 17, initiated and lost 11. (60% success)

Wright: initiated and won 11, initiated and lost 10.

Newman: initiated and won 9, initiated and lost 11.

Wright/Newman: initiated and won 20, initiated and lost 21. (48% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 37 and lost 32, for a 53% success rate.

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DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Frazier: 3

Johnson: 7

Wright: 5

Newman: 2

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RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 17.

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 20% of the rallies.

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CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Frazier: 6

Johnson: 11

Wright: 6

Newman: 6

(17% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Frazier: none.

Johnson: 1 ATP, 1 ATP defended, 2 Ernes.

Wright: 1 ATP, 1 Erne.

Newman: 1 ATP, 1 ATP defended, 1 Erne defended.

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OFFENSIVE LOBS: none.

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VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Frazier: 6

Johnson: 8

Wright: 14

Newman: 6

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GAME POINTS:

Frazier/Johnson: Won 3 out of 6.

Newman/Wright : Won 0 out of 2. (did not convert two game points in Game Three)

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TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Frazier/Johnson: Won 1, Lost 1.

Newman/Wright: Won 0, Lost 1.

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DVR ALERT:

  • Game One, 5-4-1: Great hands battle.
  • Game two, 7-5-2: Match-high 34-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 7-9-2: Hands battle.
  • Game Three, 1-2-2: Newman defense on display.
  • Game Three, 9-10-2: Johnson authoritative Erne.

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WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL: Lucy Kovalova and Callie Smith defeated Anna Bright and Andrea Koop, 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-3.

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MATCH NOTES:

  • Bright/Koop lost Game Three after failing to convert two game points.
  • Kovalova’s 21 Women’s Doubles Gold Medals is the most in PPA history. A.L. Waters is next with 15.
  • Smith’s 80 third shot drops and 93 total third shots are the most in -any- gold medal match this year.

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RALLIES:

2,557 shots.

209 rallies.

12.2 shots per rally.

52.25 rallies per game.

106/209 rallies were 9 shots or less. (51%)

103/209 rallies were 10 shots or more. (49%)

Shortest: 1 shot (2), 2 shots (2), 3 shots (12), 4 shots (6).

(10% of the rallies were four shots or fewer.)

Longest: 53, 47, 40, 39.

(13 rallies were 30 shots or more. 31 were 20+.)

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THIRD SHOTS:

Kovalova: 8 drops, 4 drives. (66% drops)

Smith: 80 drops, 13 drives. (86% drops)

Kovalova/Smith: 88 drops, 17 drives. (84% drops)

Bright: 13 drops, 12 drives. (52% drops)

Koop: 52 drops, 23 drives (69% drops)

Bright/Koop: 65 drops, 35 drives. (65% drops)

Third Shot Totals: 153 drops, 52 drives (74% drops)

***Missed Serves/Returns/Third Shots***

Kovalova: (2). 1 serve-long, 1 serve-net.

Smith: (8.). 1 return-wide, 5 third shot drops-net, 1 third shot drive-long, 1 third shot drive-wide.

Bright: (3). 1 return-wide, 1 third shot drive-long, 1 third shot drive-net.

Koop: (2). 1 third shot drive-long, 1 third shot drop-net.

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***Third Shots Kept In Play***

Kovalova: 12/12 = 100%

Smith: 86/93 = 92%

Bright: 23/25 = 92%

Koop: 73/75 = 97%

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SPEED-UPS:
I counted the instances when a regular dinking rally or dinking opportunity was accelerated, and that shot or the ensuing hand-battle led directly to the end of the rally. (therefore, not including speedups that were eventually re-set during the same rally, or when a team became clearly defensive.) Here are those “starts”, and the ensuing result for that -team-.

Kovalova: initiated and won 13, initiated and lost 7.

Smith: initiated and won 26, initiated and lost 16.

Kovalova/Smith: initiated and won 39, initiated and lost 23. (62% success)

Bright: initiated and won 16, initiated and lost 8.

Koop: initiated and won 12, initiated and lost 15.

Bright/Koop: initiated and won 28, initiated and lost 23. (54% success rate)

Speed-up Totals: In the instances I counted, the team that initiated the speed-up won 67 and lost 46, for a 57% success rate.

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DINKS INTO THE NET OR WIDE: (Unstressed, “regular” dinks. Not speed-ups, blocks, etc.).

Kovalova: 2

Smith: 1

Bright: 4

Koop: 5

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RALLIES ENDING IN THREE SHOTS OR LESS (excluding winners): 15

GOOD FUNDAMENTALS: The two categories above accounted for only 13% of the rallies.

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CLEAN WINNERS: (No net-cord, no opponent’s paddle).

Kovalova: 11

Smith: 11

Bright: 8

Koop: 14

(21% of the rallies ended with a clean winner)

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: (ATPs, Ernes, etc.)

Kovalova: 1 ATP defended.

Smith: 1 ATP defended, 3 Ernes.

Bright: none.

Koop: 2 ATP, 2 Ernes defended, 1 lefty overhead winner.

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OFFENSIVE LOBS: 9.

Kovalova: 3 in and won rallies, 1 in and lost rally.

Bright: 1 in and won rally, 4 in and lost rallies.

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VOLLEYS INTO THE NET:

Kovalova: 13

Smith: 10

Bright: 19

Koop: 10

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GAME POINTS:

Kovalova/Smith: Won 3 out of 12.

Bright/Koop: Won 1 out of 5. (did not convert two game points in game three.)

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TIME OUTS: Did the team that called time out win the next rally? (excluding video reviews)

Kovalova/Smith: Won 2, Lost 1.

Bright/Koop: Won 3, Lost 1.

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DVR ALERT:

  • Game Two, 6-5-2: wild 38-shot rally.
  • Game Two, 9-6-1: 47-shot rally.
  • Game Three, 8-5-2: Koop lefty overhead.
  • Game Three, 7-10-1, 40-shot rally with great volleys.
  • Game Three, 12-11-2, Match-high 53-shot rally on a game point.

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