NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: September 2017
Team NorCal had a very successful month playing at the Zimmerman/Johnson USTA National Tournament that occurred at Stanford University, and at the National Doubles Championships in Orlando, FL, with 12 players reaching the semifinals or better.
The National Doubles Championships which occurred, August 24-26, on the USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL, saw two doubles pairs from Team NorCal advance to the semifinals. In the boys’ 14 division, Brian Chong of Cupertino and Max Fardanesh, of Albany teamed up to take the Bronze Ball home. The team lost to Jonah Braswell and Bruno Kuzuhara of Florida 6-1, 6-4 but bounced back to overcome Louis Cloud of Texas and Ryan Colby of Mid-Atlantic 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Twin sisters Maribella and Allura Zamarripa of Saint Helena had another great tournament with three victories and a fourth-place finish in the girls’ 16 division. Maribella and Allura fell short against No. 2 seed Carmen Corley of Southwest and Chidimma Okpara of Mid-Atlantic 6-3, 6-3. The twins fought hard, but No.1 seed Kylie Collins of Southern and Gianna Pielet of Southwest prevailed with a 6-4, 6-4 score.
The Zimmerman/Johnson USTA National Tournament took place on September 15-17, with Team NorCal making its mark in most age divisions. In an all-NorCal final, Hugo Hashimoto, of San Jose took the title home over Max Fardanesh, in the boys’ 14 singles division with a 6-4, 6-1 score. In the Boys’ 16 singles, Coby McCaig, of Modesto advanced to the semifinals but fell to Omni Kuma of Southern California 6-2, 6-3. Coby finished in fourth place, losing to Harsh Parikh 6-3, 6-1. Ryder Jackson, of Nicasio continues his incredible summer with a third place finish in the boys’ 18 division. Ryder put up a great fight against the No. 1 seed and eventual winner from Southern California, Timothy Sah, but fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Ryder came back strong to win his playoff match against Anders Gibbons of Pacific Northwest 6-2, 6-4.
On the girls’ side, Team NorCal also had a strong showing, starting in the girls’ 12 division. Priya Nelson, of Sacramento had a great run, with a runner-up finish against Tsehay Driscoll, of Southern California 6-3, 6-2. En route to the finals, Priya had to overcome fellow NorCal player Ria Bhakta, of Saratoga with a 6-2, 6-2 score. Ria bounced back in the playoff match, beating Texas player Reya Coe 6-4, 6-1. Net Generation ambassador and San Jose resident, Vivian Ovrootsky, had another great result with a third place finish in the girls’ 14 singles division. Vivian pushed Leyden Games of Southern California to a third set but eventually fell in the semifinals 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Vivian put that match aside to win her playoff match 6-1, 6-3 against another Southern California player, Rebecca Lynn. Fourteen year old phenomenon Connie Ma, of Dublin doesn’t show any sign of slowing down as she beat the No.1, No.3, and No. 4 seeds to claim the title in the girls’ 16 division. In the finals, Connie beat Savannah Broadus of Texas 6-0, 7-5. In the girls’18 singles division, Carolyn Campana, of Hillsborough had a great tournament and advanced to the semifinals where she fell just short against Sedona Gallagher, of Intermountain 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Carolyn recovered well to beat Lauren Stein of Southwest 6-2, 6-1 to take third place home.
Congratulations Team NorCal on another successful month and we look forward to following you all in the fall.