NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: May 2017

Team NorCal has been hard at work on the courts, once again bringing home some excellent results in May.

On their home turf at the National Level 2 Ranking Tournament in Roseville, CA, the NorCal players showed why it was their territory as 22 players reached the semifinals or better. Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento finished in fourth place in the boys’ 12s single division, falling to NorCal fellow player Patrick Toman in the semifinal 6-4, 6-3. Patrick swept the division by winning the singles title 6-4, 6-3 against Domonique Rolland of Southern California and captured the doubles titles with Payton Young of Alamo 6-5, against all-NorCal pair of Raghav Jangbahadur of Palo Alto and Emon. Raghav and Emon prevailed in the semifinals against Matteo Antonescu of Mountain View and Alex Fuchs of Los Altos 6-0. Matteo and Alex finished in fourth place falling to Nathan Blakey and Nathan Tam of Southern California.

Congratulations to Luke Casper of Santa Cruz who took home the title in the boys’ 14s singles, overcoming Hugo Hashimoto of San Jose in a hard fought final won 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4). It was an all-NorCal affair in the boys’ 14s division as Luke defeated John Kim of Sunnyvale in the semifinals 6-3, 6-2, while Hugo beat Kurt Miller of Los Gatos 6-3, 6-2. Hugo didn’t stop there and triumphed in the boys’ 14s doubles division with partner Max Fardanesh of Albany. The pair overcame Luke Casper and Philip Martin of Los Altos in a close final won 7-6(4). Luke and Philip defeated Isaac Smith of Intermountain and Jake Vassel of Danville in the semifinals 6-3 who took fourth place, having to withdraw against Sebastian Gorzny and Rithvik Krishna of Southern California.

National Level 2 Ranking Tournament in Roseville, CA – Picture on the left (L-R): Patrick Toman, Payton Young, Emon van Loben Sels and Raghav Jangbahadur. Middle picture: Patrick Toman. Picture on the right (L-R): Luke Casper and Hugo Hashimoto.

On the girls side of the tournament, Martina Marica of San Jose and Kamila Wong of Palo Alto reached the semifinals in girls’ 12s doubles division, falling to Iris Bermand and Madelaine Jessup of Southern California 7-5. They placed fourth overall, battling against Caroline Lemcke and Meg McCarty of Intermountain for a final score of 6-3.

In the girls’ 14s division, Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose continues her very successful year, winning the girls’ 14s singles division against Mountain View resident Yuu Ishikawa 6-2, 1-0 Ret. (inj). Yuu reached the finals after a close set against Makenna Thiel of Piedmont won 7-6(5), but Makenna had to retire because of injury. Yuu reached that last step in the girls’ 14s doubles with partner Kimberly Hance of Southern California, winning in the finals against Vivian and Anushka Khune of Palo Alto 6-2. Vivian and Anushka made the finals by being victorious over Annissa Mu of Saratoga and Pastel Schway of San Jose who finished third, beating Emmie Moore and Madison Smith of Intermountain 6-3.

National Level 2 Ranking Tournament in Roseville, CA – Far left picture: Yuu Ishikawa. Picture on the left (L-R): Yuu Ishikawa, Kimberly Hance, Vivian Ovrootsky and Anushka Khune. Picture on the right (L-R): Vivian Ovrootsky and Anushka Khune. Picture on the far right: Vivian Ovrootsky.

At the USTA National Level 2 in Surprise, AZ, Katie Volynets once again showed her good form as she advancedto the semifinals in the girls’ 18s singles division. Due to illness, Katie retired while down 6-2, 3-1 against Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, NV. Katie was able to comeback for her playoff match and won 7-5, 6-4 against Toni Nelson of Buckeye, AZ, taking home third place overall. However, she had to retire in the semifinals of the doubles due to illness as well. Lastly, Niluka Madurawe of Sunnyvale prevailed in the girls 18’s doubles, playing with Lauren Stein of Paradise Valley, AZ. They overcame Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks and Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, NV, 6-2.

Congratulations to all the NorCal players who competed this month and we look forward to see you on the courts next month!