NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: June 2017

In a blazing heat wave that took over the entire Bay Area, our NorCal Juniors still managed to battle it out during the Individual Section Championships that took place June 10-11 & 17-18, in Sacramento, Sunnyvale, and Fresno.

In the Boys’ 12s singles division that took place at the Sunnyvale Tennis Center, Raghav Jangbahadur of Palo Alto had a very successful tournament, winning the title without dropping a set. Raghav beat Mason Nguyen of El Dorado Hills 6-0, 6-2. But Mason didn’t let that affect him, as he took the title home in the Boys’ 12s doubles division with Lleyton Okada-Alonzo of Marina. Mason and Lleyton got the better of Mitchell Lee of Oakland and Julien Simonian of Redwood City, 6-4, 6-2. In the Girls’ 12s singles division, the hierarchy was respected as No. 1 seed Ria Bhakta of Saratoga triumphed in the finals against Lauren Joyce of Lodi 6-4, 6-1. The singles final opponents became partners, teaming up to win the Girls’ 12s doubles division. Lauren and Ria overcame Caroline Beard of Santa Rosa and Anya Murthy of Fremont in a three set battle 7-6(11), 6-7(6), 1-0(8)!

Sunnyvale Tennis Center – Boys’ 12s singles finalist Mason Nguyen and winner Raghav Jangbahadur. Boys’ 12s doubles winners: Lleyton Okada-Alonzo and Mason Nguyen. Girls’ 12s singles winner Ria Bhakta and finalist Lauren Joyce. Girls’ 12s doubles winners Ria Bhakta/Lauren Joyce and finalists Anya Murthy/Caroline Beard.

In the Boys’ 14s division that happened at the Arden Hills Club and Spa, Brian Chong of Cupertino overcame Max Fardanesh of Albany in the singles draw, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(10). In the Boys’ 14s doubles, the non-seeded team of Luvdeep Ball of Yuba City and Brian Bilsey of Belmont, created the surprise by taking out the No. 1, 2, 4, and 5 seeds on their way to the title. They triumphed over Max Fardanesh and Jake Vassel of Danville in the title match 8-5. In the Girls’ 14s singles draw, Anushka Khune of Palo Alto secured the championship over home favorite Priya Nelson 6-1, 6-1. In the Girls’ 14s doubles division, Tara Chilton of Reno, NV, and Karis Kim of San Ramon completed their unbelievable tournament by being victorious over the No. 3 seed Audrey-Marie Rafols of Vallejo and Isabel Santiago of Hayward 8-3. They also prevailed against the No. 4 seed and the No. 1 seed! Congratulations to you both!

Arden Hills Club and Spa – Boys’ 14s singles winner Brian Chong and finalist Max Fardanesh. Boys’ 14s doubles winner Luvdeep Ball and Brian Bilsey. Girls’ 14s winner Anushka Khune. Girls’ 14s doubles finalists Audrey-Marie Rafols/Isabel Santiago and winners Karis Kim/Tara Chilton.

The boys’ 16s and 18s divisions both took place at the Natomas Racquet Club. In the Boys’ 16s singles division, No. 1 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara took care of business with a straight set win over Daniel Papacica of Carmel 6-3, 6-3. In the Boys 16s doubles division, Brandon Aprill of Mountain View and Zachery Lim of Fairfield were crowned section champions with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marshall Leung of Tiburon and Andrei Volgin of Fremont. In the Boys’ 18s singles division, under a burning heat reaching over 100 degres, it took over 3 and a half hours for Ryder Jackson of Nicasio to triumph over Siddharth Chari of Sarataga 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4). In the Boys’ 18s doubles division, Stevie Gould of Corte Madera and Issa Yoshida of Campbell took home the title thanks to a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Nitzan Ricklis of Sunnyvale and Dean Stratakos of Saratoga.

Natomas Racquet Club – Boys’ 16s doubles winners Brandon Aprill/Zachery Lim and finalists Marshall Leung/Andrei Volgin. Boys’ 16s singles winner Aryan Chaudhary. Copper River Country Club – Girls’ 16s doubles finalists Yuu Ishikawa/Avantika Willy. Girls’ 16s singles winner: Vivian Ovrootsky.

The Girls’ 16s and 18s divisions occurred in Fresno at the Copper River Country Club. In the Girls’ 16s singles division, Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, who turns 13 next month, beat the competition to earn the title. She prevailed against Avantika Willy of Dublin 6-0, 6-1 in the finals. In the Girls 16s doubles division, the Zamarripa’s twins , Maribella and Allura who live in Saint Helena, were crowned section champions with their 8-2 victory over Yuu Ishikawa of Mountain View and Avantika Willy. In the Girls’ 18s singles division, Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos defeated Rachel Eason of Union City 6-4, 6-1 to claim the crown. Lastly, in the Girls’ 18s doubles division, the Campana sisters, Anna and Carolyn of Hillsborough, teamed up to win the title 8-4 against Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks and Elena Van Linge of Menlo Park.

Natomas Racquet Club – Boys’ 18s winner Ryder Jackson and finalist Siddharth Chari. Copper River Country Club – Girls’ 18s finalist Anna Campana. Girls’ 18s doubles winners: Anna and Carolyn Campana.

Congratulations to all the juniors who participated in the Section Championships and good luck during the summer!