St Ignatius two-peat at the CIF USTA Regional Boys Tennis Championships

For the second year in a row, the St. Ignatius High School Boys’ Tennis Team took home the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) USTA Regional Tennis Championship title, beating Menlo High School 4-3.

Back Row L-R: Craig Law, Josh Belandres, Josh Anagnostou, Marshall Leung, Kris Churton, Ryder Jackson, Daniel Landa, Ethan Smith, Daniel Begovich, Jack Carroll, Ed Grafilo, James Greig. Front Row (L-R): Max Belandres, Cambell Nakayama, Michael Hymowitz, Daniel Boudagian, Diego Morales, Jonah Briskin, Mason Fung, Ryan Ali

As a rematch of the Central Coast Section (CCS) Championship, Menlo had at heart to even out the scores. However, a strong doubles display by St. Ignatius who swept all three matches, Menlo had a huge task at hand. With four out of seven matches going to three sets, both teams put up a huge fight. St. Ignatius was able to get the one win they needed at the No. 2 singles with Campbell Nakayama beating Brandon April, giving St. Ignatius a spotless record of 55-0 over the last two years. “This record is amazing, I mean 55-0 over two seasons, I’m so proud of my guys for what they’ve accomplished,” Craig Law, St. Ignatius Head Coach, said.  “The team played great, you want to go into a tournament with momentum and we did by winning the CCS. At the end of the day, for any team, it’s all about depth and leadership, and having ten different players I can rotate makes a big difference.”

Under a very hot afternoon, the two teams met in the finals of a major tournament for the third time in a year, “We played them last year in the finals of the 2016 CIF USTA Regional Boys Tennis Championships also, and a week ago in the Central Coast Section Championships finals,” Law said laughing. “But Menlo is a dynasty so any chance we get to play them is good. It was a rematch in the true sense of it as both teams had the exact same line-up as the week before.”

We are sure that we will see plenty of both teams as the years go on with more rematches along the way. Congratulations to the St Ignatius team on an amazing season and to the Menlo High School team for reaching the finals two years in a row!