NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: April 2017
Team NorCal kept busy in April by competing in National Level 3 tournaments and International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments!
The Darling Memorial Tennis Center USTA National Level 3 Tournament was a very successful tournament for Team NorCal with six players reaching the semifinals or better. Herrick Thomas Legaspi of Sacramento advanced to the semifinals in the boys’ 14s singles division, falling to Akhil Gupta of Intermountain 7-6(5), 6-2. He bounced back during the playoff match and took home third place against Aman Sharma of Eastern 6-3, 6-4. Herrick capped it off with a runner-up finish in the boys’ 14s doubles draw, teaming up with Nicholas Chen of Oakland. They lost a tough battle against Alan Matyjas and Akshay Saluja of Midwest 9-7. In the boys’ 16s singles division, Sima Pesic of Del Rey Oaks reached the semifinals before being stopped by Theo Winegar of Florida, with a score of 6-2, 6-4. He finished in fourth place, losing a heartbreaker against Emilio Nava of Southern California 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-5. In the girls’ 14s singles division, Makenna Thiel of Piedmont had a very successful tournament as well, making it all the way to the final where she fell to Caroline Wernli of Texas 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3. Makenna was able to get over that last hurdle when she won the girls’ 14s doubles division with Emily Flowers of Southwest. They defeated Taylor Cataldi of SoCal and Olivia Mikkelson of Intermountain 8-3. Monica Stratakos of Saratoga advanced to the semifinals of the girls’ 16s singles division but couldn’t get past Amanda Chan of Southern California with a final score of 6-1, 6-0. Monica took home fourth place, following a loss toJennifer Kida of Southern California 6-3, 6-3. Finally, Randy Cory of Salinas reached the semifinals in the boys’ 18s doubles division, teaming up with Henry Patrick Cacciatore of Florida. Taking it all the way to a tiebreaker, Randy and Henry fell to Soh Kuyama of Intermountain and Nilos Makino of New England 9-8(6), and finished in fourth place due to a default in the playoff match. Randy also won the consolation bracket without dropping a set!
At the USTA National Level 3 Tournament in Lakewood, CA, Nitzan Ricklis of Sunnyvale had a strong showing, placing fourth overall in the boys’ 18s doubles division. Nitzan partnered with Evan Fortier of SoCal, but they couldn’t defend their chance in the semifinals or playoff match due to injury.
Aryan Chaudhary seems unstoppable these days. He participated in his first national tournament in the boys’ 16s division at the USTA National Level 3 Tournament in Long Beach, CA, and already made his mark. Aryan reached the final and barely lost against Matthew Mu of La Jolla, CA, taking it to a third set for a final score of 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. He also made it to the semifinals in doubles with regular doubles partner Timothy Li of Valley Village, CA, where they met all-NorCal pair James Bell of Fremont and Daniel Papacica of Carmel. The latter team prevailed with a score of 8-6. James and Daniel unfortunately had to retire in the finals due to illness but came home with a nice runner-up finish. Illness struck again with Aryan and Timothy and they unfortunately had to retire in the final, finishing as the runner-ups.
Lastly, congratulations to Marcus McDaniel who qualified for Team USA National Junior Team! Marcus is one of eight players who made it out of the Team USA National Junior Team playoff. We also would like to recognize Ryder Jackson who was selected to participate in this event!
Well done to all our junior players who are playing their heart out week in and week out.