NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: August 2017

Team NorCal continued its summer with the USTA Boys and Girls National Championships on August 4-13 and the USTA National Doubles Championships on August 24-26, in Orlando, FL. The level I National Championships took place all over the country in Kalamazoo, MI, San Diego, CA, Mobile, AL, Rome and Alpharetta, GA, and reunited the best players of the country with a US Open Wild Card on the line for the Boys’ and Girls’ 18s.

Kurt Miller of Los Gatos had another great tournament at the USTA Boys’ 12 National Championship in Mobile, AL, reaching the semifinals in doubles with partner Andrew Salu of SoCal. Even after a tough loss 7-5, 6-3 against eventual winners Lucas Brown of Texas and Learner Tien of SoCal, Kurt and Andrew regrouped to win the Bronze Ball with the same score 7-5, 6-3 against Leanid Boika of Florida and Quang Duong of SoCal.

Hugo Hashimoto of San Jose continued his successful year with a semifinal appearance at the USTA Boys’ 14 National Championship in Mobile, AL as well. Hugo couldn’t stop eventual winner and No. 4 seed Saud Alhogbani of Mid-Atlantic, and lost with a 6-4, 6-0 score. In the playoff match, Hugo lost a heart breaker to Andrew Chang of Texas 7-5, 7-6(4). Hugo didn’t stop there and finally got a Bronze Ball with doubles partner Alex Han of Missouri Valley. They put up a great fight against Connor and Jake Krug of Florida but lost 7-5, 7-6(6). Hugo and Alex came back strong to win their playoff match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 against Ozan Colak of Midwest and Alvaro Pedraza of Mid-Atlantic.

Picture on the left -USTA Boys’ 18 and Boys’ 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo, MI: Austen Huang and Sean Sculley (reached quarterfinals). Picture on the right – USTA Boys’ 14 National Championships in Mobile, AL: Luke Neal (reached quarterfinals).

On the girls’ side, Yuu Ishikawa of Mountain View keept her very positive year going with a quarterfinal finish at the USTA Girls’ 14 Doubles National Championships in Rome, GA. Yuu paired up with Kimberly Hance of SoCal to be just one step from playing for a national ball. Seeded No. 5, Yuu and Kimberly lost to No. 2 seed Hibah Shaiks and Madison Sieg of Eastern 7-6(5), 6-2.

The USTA Boys’ 18 and Boys’ 16 National Championships took place in Kalamazoo, MI, and also saw some great results. No. 1 seed Ryder Jackson of Nicasio and Robert Cash of New Albany, OH continued their successful partnership, coming home with a Bronze Ball! Ryder and Robert lost in the semifinals in a tough three setter with a final score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Ryder and Robert took care of business in the playoff match to win their second national ball in a row against Eliot Spizzirri of Greenwich, CT, and Spencer Whitaker of Richmond, VA, 6-4, 6-2. It is worth noticing that Ryder and Robert had to get through NorCal duo Zachery Lim of Fairfield, and Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville in the quarterfinals.

Picture on the left – USTA Boys’ 18 and Boys’ 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo, MI: Ryder Jackson and Robert Cash. Picture on the right – USTA Girls’ 16 National Championships in Encinitas, CA: Connie Ma.

Last but not least, Connie Ma of Dublin who just turned 14 year’s old, continued to impress as she reached the semifinals of the USTA Girls’ 16 National Championships in singles. The only unseeded player left in the semifinals, Connie battled but lost to eventual winner Angelica Blake of Florida 6-2, 6-3. That didn’t faze Connie who came back on court for the playoff match to win the Bronze Ball against Sedona Gallagher (seeded No. 4) of Intermountain 6-3, 6-3!

At the USTA National Doubles Championships, Brian Chong of Cupertino and Max Fardanesh of Albany came home with a Bronze Ball after reaching the semifinals in the Boys’ 14 Division. After a tough loss against Jonah Braswell and Bruno Kuzuhara of Florida 6-1, 6-4, Brian and Max won a very close match 6-2, 5-7, 6-2  to take third place against the No. 5 seed Louis Cloud and Texas and Ryan Colby of Mid-Atlantic.

In the Girls’ 16 Division, twins, Allura and Maribella Zamarripa of St. Helena, also took home a Bronze Ball when they advanced to the semifinals of the tournament. Allura and Maribella fell to runner-up Carmen Corley of Southwest and Chidimma Okpara of Mid-Atlantic 6-3, 6-3, but came back strong to the beat the No. 1 seed Kylie Collinsof Southern and Gianna Pielet of Southwest 6-4, 6-4 in the playoff match.

Congratulations to all the players for participating in the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ National Championships and for some very positive results! Go Team NorCal!